Lawrence Morrell is fascinated by the new science of synthetic biology and creates work that references the way scientists are deconstructing biological organisms. In his latest body of work entitled “Bioengineered Organisms”, Morrell takes apart intricate images from biological research and the molecular world and reassembles them into his vision of newly created organisms.  He then carves these two dimensional drawings into three dimensions in layers of heat worked glass.  Morrell’s sculptures explore the intersection between society’s need to protect the natural world and the scientist’s desire to usefully modify it.

In 1984, Morrell collaborated with others to create the New York Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, in carved, illuminated glass.  He was interviewed on National Public Television on The McNeil Lehrer News Hour about the experience.  Afterwards, Morrell started his own art studio in New York, creating sculptures for Cartier, Morgan Stanley, Chase Manhattan, and a two-story glass sculpture for the façade of the Millennium Hotel at Times Square.  On the West Coast he has been commissioned by VISA International.

Gallery Exhibitions



Haute Sculpture, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA


Now: Exploring New Medium, Studio Shop Gallery, Burlingame, CA


(upcoming) Bullseye Glass Resource Ctr Gallery,

“Intersect: Northwest Artists Cross Media”

Anka Gallery, “Resonance”, Portland, OR


Pilchuck Auction, Charity Benefit, Seattle, WA

Glass Inspirations, Burgdorf, Switzerland

Anka Gallery, “Illibrium”, Portland, OR


Pilchuck Glass School Benefit, Live Auction, Seattle, WA

Liberty Museum, Pennsylvania, PA

Gallery W/O Walls, Lake Oswego, OR

Mostly Glass Gallery, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mostly Glass Gallery, Wheaton Arts Glass Weekend, PA

Judy Youens Gallery, Group Show, Santa Fe, NM

Mostly Glass Gallery, SOFA NY, Armory NYC

Cascade Aids Benefit, Patron Auction Event, Portland, OR

Coos Art Museum, Group Show, OR

Portland Fine Art, Group show, Portland, OR


United States Embassy, “Ambassador’s Show”, Doha, Qatar

Pilchuck Glass School Benefit Auction, Seattle, WA

Jane Sauer Gallery, SOFA, Chicago, IL

Portland Art Open, Portland, OR

LUX Lights, “Biological Organisms”, Portland, OR

Gottlieb Gallery Director’s Choice Show


Gottlieb Gallery Group Show

SOFA Chicago Jane Sauer Gallery, IL

Jane Sauer Gallery, Group show, Sante Fe, NM

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Group Show, Award, OR


Liberty Museum, Auction Benefit

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Group Show, OR

Portland Art Institute, Group Show Portland, OR


Artopia, Group show, NYC


Art Proper, Group show, NYC


Hunters Point Artist Collaborative, Group show, CA


Lawrence Gallery, Group show, NYC


Helio Gallery, Group show, NYC



Willamette Week, Richard Speer, “WW Pick” January, 2010

Street of Dreams Magazine, June 2009

Southern Living Magazine 2007

The Oregonian, Margie Boulé “Gentleness of Nature, Violence of the Universe Collide in Bar Design” December 2004

The Oregonian, Cathy Lamb, “Taking a shine to a circular staircase” December 2000

Elle Decor, 1990

Vanity Fair, 1989

The  MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour, PBS Interview 1984

Philip Morris Magazine, Interview 1984

Glass Digest, Cover 1985

The New York Daily News, Interview 1984



Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 30’  Illuminated glass sculpture Portland Oregon

Port of Portland, Glass & steel Focus Wall, Corporate Lobby, Portland, Oregon

Millennium at Times Square Hotel,  2 story high glass facade, NYC

New York Vietnam Veteran’s War Memorial, Carved glass block wall with illumination, NY



Military readiness 1% for art installation

Molalla Communications, OR

Moberg Fireplaces Inc., OR

VISA International, CA   

Cartier, NYC

Cartier, Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, CA

Millenium Hotel at Times Square, NYC

Petrossians Caviar, NYC

Gensler & Associates, NYC

Gannett Publishing, NYC

Morgan Stanley Bank, NYC

The Dakota Bldg, NYC

Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC