Armourer Raymond Morris to be honoured with posthumous exhibition at Bayswater’s Ellis House

AT BACK WITH HELMET: Dean Morris. AT RIGHT: Maureen Morris.  Promoting the Arts and Armour exhibition at Ellis House from Jan 25 to Feb 11. Photo: David Baylis
AT BACK WITH HELMET: Dean Morris. AT RIGHT: Maureen Morris. Promoting the Arts and Armour exhibition at Ellis House from Jan 25 to Feb 11. Photo: David Baylis

A GOOSEBERRY Hill family will showcase 40 years worth of artworks and armour created by their late father and husband at Ellis House in Bayswater.

Raymond Morris, who was an armourer, died in November 2017 from leukaemia.

He was known for producing and shipping medieval arms made from steel, pistols, swords, rifles and paintings to countries including Sweden, United States and the United Kingdom, from his home workshop in Swan View.

His widow Maureen, son Dean and daughter-in-law Erryn have organised the Arts and Armour tribute exhibition which will run between January 25 and February 11, from Thursday to Sunday.

Maureen said her family always wanted to hold an exhibition for Raymond.

“My son organised one in Mundaring but Ray was too ill to go and Dean had already organised one here (Ellis House), which he did not live long enough (to attend),” she said.

“So, we will use two rooms for art and one for the armour.

“He was doing a lot of horses just before he died…there is a black pencil horse that he finished three days before he died and it is stunning.”

Dean said his father liked to experiment with different things and was very creative.

Erryn said Raymond had an English background so he loved castles and armour.

“We appreciate his talent; it is so unusual and so unique and I am sure other people would appreciate it as well,” she said.

“I think it would be good if we could get 500 or 600 (people) over the three weeks.”

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull will be officiating the opening of the exhibition on January 28.

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