(1931 – 2018), United Kingdom

Malcolm Morley Biography

Malcolm Morley was one of the seminal figures of international contemporary art. Born and trained in England, Morley moved to New York in 1958. Under the influences of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism he developed his own distinctive Hyperrealist style. This wry form of realism found its subject matter in different types of photographs (including pictures of old-master paintings, family portraits and images from travel brochures and calendars), which Morley transferred to the canvas using a grid system. His interest in the actual photographic object was often made concrete through the attention paid to details such as borders, tears or folds. Later on, he purposely broke away from the stylistic innovations that brought him his initial fame. Morley defied characterisation, moving through so-called abstract, hyperrealist, neo-romantic, and neo-expressionist painterly modes, while being attentive to his own biographical experiences.

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Malcolm Morley was born in 1931 in London, United Kingdom and died in 2018 in Bellport, New York, USA. Malcolm Morley won the inaugural Turner Prize, London, in 1984 and has exhibited internationally throughout his career, including Documenta 5 and 6, and the Royal Academy's pivotal group exhibition A New Spirit in Painting (1981). Solo exhibitions included Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1984); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1993); Fundación La Caixa, Madrid (1995); Hayward Gallery, London (2001) and Schloss Derneburg Museum, Derneburg (2017–2018).

Text courtesy Xavier Hufkens.

Malcolm Morley Featured Artworks

The Island of the Day Before Regained by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting
Malcolm Morley The Island of the Day Before Regained, 2013 Oil on linen
101 x 92 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery
Regatta by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Malcolm Morley Regatta, 2012 Oil on linen with paper and rope attachements
133.3 x 182.9 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery
Ancient Chinese Horses, 1998 (For Parkett 52) by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork print
Malcolm Morley Ancient Chinese Horses, 1998 (For Parkett 52), 1998 11 colour lithograph on Somerset soft white paper
59 x 86 cm
Parkett Contact Gallery
St. George and the Dragon by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting
Malcolm Morley St. George and the Dragon, 2016 Oil on linen
132 x 132 x 6 cm (incl frame)
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Knight Collection by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting
Malcolm Morley Knight Collection, 2016 Oil on linen
132 x 132 x 6 cm (incl frame)
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Knight 2 by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting
Malcolm Morley Knight 2, 2016 Oil on linen with oil on wood attachment
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Corsair and Santa Maria by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting
Malcolm Morley Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011 Oil paint on linen
157.5 x 198.1 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Maldoror I by Malcolm Morley contemporary artwork painting
Malcolm Morley Maldoror I, 2014 Oil on linen
127 x 101.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

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