Interested in the work of the American Abstract Expressionists, Malcolm Morley moved to New York in 1958. Under the influences of Pop Art and abstract painting he developed his own distinctive Hyperrealist style. Morley often finds his subject matter in different types of photographs (including pictures of old-master paintings, family portraits and images from travel brochures and calendars), which he transfers to the canvas using a grid system. His interest in the actual photographic object is often made concrete through the attention paid to details such as borders, tears or folds. Morley has been at the heart of the contemporary debates about painting, its authenticity and surface, and the validity of figuration versus abstraction. He points out: “I make a handmade painting from a readymade.” His chosen subjects tend to chronicle aspects of modern life such as catastrophes, aeroplanes and ships, horse or car racing, conflict zones and leisure activities. In the 1990s, he began to integrate papier mâché into his paintings. Watercolours, drawings and collages also have a prominent place in his practice.
Malcolm Morley (b. 1931, London) lives and works in Bellport, NY. Malcolm Morley won the Turner Prize, London, in 1984 and has exhibited internationally throughout his career. His work was included in Documenta, Kassel, in 1972 and 1977.