Happy Birthday Morris Louis!! Abstract Expressionist painter, Louis was born in America in 1912. He was focused on color in what is termed “color field” painting. He studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, leaving before his degree was completed to begin his fine art career. He lived in New York for a time, but retuned to his native Baltimore. The Color Field painters left large areas of canvas raw or with very thin paint, staining sections or stripes with color. They were unconcerned with brushwork, gesture, expression, more in tune with pure effects and juxtaposition of color. His Unfurled series was one of his most influential and popular.