Malcolm Morley  (British, 1931) 

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Malcolm Morley (British, b.1931) is a Contemporary painter who has worked in styles as varied as Photo Realism and Neo-Expressionism. Born in North London, Morley had a difficult childhood and only began painting during a stint in prison. Upon his release, Morley first studied at the Camberwell School of Arts, and then at the Royal College of Art. Morley frequently painted ships and planes from sources including photographs, newspapers, and model airplanes; he would return to these subjects throughout his career. Inspired by American Abstract Expressionism, Morley moved to New York City in 1958, where he befriended Abstract Expressionist painter Barnett Newman. In 1964, however, Morley was influenced by the Pop Art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and pioneered Photo Realism—or “superrealism” as he preferred to call it—in which he created copies of Old Master paintings and images from brochures and newspapers. In the 1970s, his work became more gestural, as he attempted to recreate in oil the loose quality he found in his watercolors, while drawing on imagery from Greek mythology. He expanded his gestural work in the 1980s to become a leader of Neo-Expressionism, work for which he won the first annual Turner Prize in 1984. At the end of the decade, Morley switched focus again and returned to Photo Realism, and also began making large sculptural installations based on model airplanes. He lives and works in New York.

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Malcolm Morley, Beach Scene

 

Malcolm Morley
Beach Scene
1986

Edelman Arts
Malcolm Morley, Sea Plane Over Bermuda

 

Malcolm Morley
Sea Plane Over Bermuda
2012

Xavier Hufkens
Malcolm Morley, P-40 Warhawk Soaring

 

Malcolm Morley
P-40 Warhawk Soaring
2013

Xavier Hufkens
Malcolm Morley, Miramar Hotel Swimming Pool, circa 1970's

 

Malcolm Morley
Miramar Hotel Swimming Pool, circa 1970's
Amy Wolf Fine Art
Malcolm Morley, Untitled

 

Malcolm Morley
Untitled
1969

One Great Jones
Malcolm Morley, Fokker DVIII Wing

 

Malcolm Morley
Fokker DVIII Wing
2001

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Malcolm Morley, Fokker DVII Tail

 

Malcolm Morley
Fokker DVII Tail
2001

Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.
Malcolm Morley, Pamela with Red Sea Plane and Flags

 

Malcolm Morley
Pamela with Red Sea Plane and Flags
2009

John Berggruen Gallery
Malcolm Morley, Statue of Liberty

 

Malcolm Morley
Statue of Liberty
1986

Adelson Galleries Boston
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Malcolm Morley, Stretcher

 

Malcolm Morley
Stretcher, 1980
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Malcolm Morley, Jazz

 

Malcolm Morley
Jazz
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Malcolm Morley, Indian Chief

 

Malcolm Morley
Indian Chief, 1979
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1931   Born in London, England
1952 - 1953   Attended the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London, England
1954 - 1957   Studied at the Royal College of Art, London, England
1958   Settled in New York, NY
1984   Turner Prize, London, England
1992   Painting Award, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
  Lives and works in Brookhaven, Long Island
2010   Seven Paintings, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2009   Malcolm Morley, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Malcolm Morley: The Art of Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (solo)
2006   Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
2005   Malcolm Morley: The Art of Oil Painting, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Malcolm Morley: New Paintings, Galleria Cardi & Co, Milan, Italy (solo)
2001   Malcolm Morley, Picture Planes, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2001   Eric Fischl and Malcolm Morley: Watercolors, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2001   Malcolm Morley, Rat Tat Tat, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (solo)
2001   Malcolm Morley, Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, London, England (solo)
1999   Malcolm Morley, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Malcolm Morley, Galleria d’Arte Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (solo)
1997   Malcolm Morley: The Flight of Icarus, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington, DC (solo)
1997   Malcolm Morley, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (solo)
1997   Malcolm Morley, Africa: Watercolors, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
1996   Malcolm Morley, Recent Paintings, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996   Malcolm Morley: A Selection of Watercolors 1976-1995, Arts Club of Chicago, IL (solo)
1995   Malcolm Morley, Fundación 'la Caixa, Madrid, Spain (solo)
1995   Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway (solo)
1995   Malcolm Morley: Drawings, Michael Klein Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Malcolm Morley, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1994   Malcolm Morley, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington, DC (solo)
1994   Malcolm Morley: Recent Paintings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1993   Malcolm Morley, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1993   Malcolm Morley, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Midi-Pyrénées, Labège-Toulouse, France (solo)
1992   Malcolm Morley, Galerie Montenay, Paris, France (solo)
1991 - 1992   Malcolm Morley: Watercolours, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool, England; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (solo)
1991   Malcolm Morley: Recent Paintings and Sculptures, Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Malcolm Morley: Paintings, Sculptures and Watercolor, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, England (solo)
1988 - 1989   Malcolm Morley: Recent Drawings, Lithographs and Watercolors, Temperance Hall Gallery, Bellport, NY (solo)
1988 - 1989   Malcolm Morley: New York, Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986   Malcolm Morley: Prints and Process, Pace Prints, New York, NY (solo)
1986   Malcolm Morley: New Paintings and Watercolors, 1984-86, Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985   Malcolm Morley, Galerie Georges Lavrov, Paris, France (solo)
1985   Malcolm Morley, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London, England (solo)
1983 - 1984   Malcolm Morley, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London, England (solo)
1983 - 1984   Malcolm Morley: Paintings 1965-82, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England (solo)
1983 - 1984   Malcolm Morley: Watercolors, Drawings and Graphics, Ponova Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1983 - 1984   Malcolm Morley: New Paintings, Watercolors and Prints, Xavier Fourcade Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982   Malcolm Morley: Paintings & Watercolors, Xavier Fourcade Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1982   Malcolm Morley: Paintings, Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH (solo)
1981   Malcolm Morley: New Paintings and Watercolors, Xavier Fourcade Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1979   Malcolm Morley, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI (solo)
1979   Malcolm Morley, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1977   Malcolm Morley, Galerie Jurka, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1976   Malcolm Morley, Clocktower/Institute for Art & Urban Resources, New York, NY (solo)
1974   Malcolm Morley, Steffanoty Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1974   Malcolm Morley, Galerie Gerald Piltzer, Paris, France (solo)
1973   Malcolm Morley, Steffanoty Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1972   Malcolm Morley, Galerie Art in Progress, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1969   Malcolm Morley, Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1967   Malcolm Morley, Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1964   Malcolm Morley, Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1959   Art in the USA, Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1957   Young Contemporaries, London, England
1956   Young Contemporaries, London, England
1955   Young Contemporaries, London, England
  Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Tate Modern, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1988    Malcolm Morley. New York: Pace Gallery, 1988 (catalogue)