Malcolm Morley born 1931 American, born England Photorealism Painters
Malcolm Morley has lived in Bellport, Long Island, since 1983. Educated in England, he arrived in New York in 1958, and in the mid-1960s, after meeting Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, he began producing photo-based paintings that he termed “super-realist.” In the 1970s his work became more gestural and expressionistic and some of his familiar motifs—such as boats, kites and planes—were replaced by images of destruction and violence. In recent years Morley has returned to his photorealist roots, especially in his paintings, many of which take their images from sports photojournalism. Morley's recent watercolors are more gestural and revisit boats, planes, and Chagall-like floating figures. As striking as his subjects can be, the real focus of his work is painting itself—the act of picture-making and representation. As the artist has said, “It is much more difficult to make an abstract painting that is real than an abstract painting that is abstract.” Morley received the first Turner Prize, in 1984.
British-born painter Malcolm Morley came to New York in 1958 and has lived in Bellport, Long Island, since 1983.