George Anthony Morton

Artist, Master of Light Co-Creator

George Anthony Morton is an Atlanta-based award-winning and internationally recognized artist, specializing in classical drawing, painting and most recently filmmaking. His work has been featured in The New York Times and USA Today, and exhibited in Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, curated by Nicole Fleetwood at MoMA PS1. 

George nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability in his twenties, while serving a ten year sentence in federal prison, spending his time rigorously studying the Classical-Realist tradition that emanated from immortal Renaissance painters and creating his own stunning works. 

After his release, George secured a spot at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art, where he continued to hone his skills. While attending the Academy, George traveled to museums across Europe to study and deconstruct paintings by revered Renaissance painters including Rembrandt. George won competitive awards for Best Figure Drawing in 2015, and Best Portrait Drawing in 2016, and he became the first Black student to graduate from the Academy. 

In 2019, he founded his studio, Atelier South, with the mission of bringing Renaissance-based art to the metropolitan Atlanta area. Through Atelier South, George offers painting students of all levels timeless principles from the 17th century Golden Age of Art, and seeks to emphasize craft-oriented and skill-based art rooted in a solid classical tradition. George has also led several trips to Egypt seeking the timeless principles and African origins of art and self improvement.

George co-created the award-winning documentary Master of Light, a portrait of George as an artist, which lyrically shines a light on racial injustice, intergenerational trauma, and resilience. George collaborated with the film’s director Rosa Ruth Boesten, and Master of Light has already won top awards at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and 2022 San Francisco International Film Festival. George has partnered with Represent Justice on the film’s impact campaign and will be speaking at screening events across the country.

Learn more about George at georgeanthonymorton.com.