Malcolm Morley

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Born and trained in Britain, Morley was best known as an exponent of Superrealism, his explorations of which were inspired by various forms of printed media. Superrealism represents only one aspect of Morley's career, however. As his technique became freer in the 1970's, he began to introduce so-called "found" objects into his work. In the 1980's he increasingly used watercolours made while traveling as the basis for oil painting. Besides travel, many of Morley's pictures derive from childhood memories or picture manufactured disaster scenarios. His highly charged imagery plays on the expectations and fears of contemporary life.


Morley's work combines autobiographical, mythical and emotional content, with a painting style influenced not only by Cézanne but also a range of twentieth century art movements, including Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Morley was the first artist to win the Turner Prize, in 1984.


Morley was distinguished by his quixotic approach to painting and his ability to re-invent himself. He was one of the few painters of the last four decades to have risked change on such a grand scale and achieve international success.

Pictures from the Azores
Pictures from the Azores

2005 Silkscreen Print 28" x 40"

Battle of Britain
Battle of Britain

2005 Silkscreen Print 30" x 40"

Quartet
Quartet

2005 Silkscreen Print 30" x 40"

Beach Scene with Parasailor
Beach Scene with Parasailor

1998 Edition of 60 Lithograph on Rives BFK mould-made paper 34.5" x 45.75" (Image) 39.5" x 49.75" (Paper)

Flying Cloud with Montgolfie Balloon
Flying Cloud with Montgolfie Balloon

1998 Edition of 60 Lithograph on Rives BFK mould-made paper 32.75" x 43" (Image) 37.75" x 47" (Paper)

Pamela Running Before the Wind
Pamela Running Before the Wind

Pamela Running Before the Wind with a Dutch Lighthouse 1998 Edition of 60 Lithograph on Rives BFK mould-made paper 49.75" x 34.25" (Image) 54.5" x 39" (Paper)

Devonshire Bullocks
Devonshire Bullocks

1982 Edition of 58 Lithograph on Rives BFK mould-made paper 47.5" x 35"