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aerial view of a cruise liner in a bay along a coastal town

S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965

Born in London in 1931, Malcolm Morley lived in and around New York City from 1958 until his death in 2018.  He is acknowledged as one of the earliest innovators of Superrealism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. Over the course of his distinguished career, Morley defied stylistic characterization, moving by turns through so-called abstract, realist, neo-romantic, and neo-expressionist painterly modes, while being attentive to his own biographical experiences. Morley studied at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. Since his first New York show in 1964, he had numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America and participated in many international surveys including Documenta 5 (1972) and Documenta 6 (1977). His first retrospective, organized in 1983 by the Whitechapel Art Gallery, travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum. In 1984, he was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize.

Subsequent noteworthy presentations of Morley’s work include an exhibition of watercolors at Tate Liverpool, which travelled to the Kunsthalle Basel, Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY (1991-92); a retrospective at the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris  (1993); an exhibition organized by Fundación La Caixa, Madrid, which travelled to the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (1995-96); a retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London (2001); and the survey “The Art of Painting” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2006). Other notable exhibitions include “Malcolm Morley in a Nutshell: The Fine Art of Painting 1954-2012” at the Yale School of Art (2012), an exhibition exploring the role of paper in Morley’s art-making process at the Parrish Art Museum (2012-13), and an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, organized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (2013-14). Most recently, the Hall Art Foundation’s Schloss Derneburg presented a solo exhibition of his work (2017-18). In addition to the Turner Prize, Morley was awarded the Painting Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1992 and the Francis J. Greenburger Award in 2015. He was inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011). Morley became a citizen of the United States in 1991. His work can be found in museum collections worldwide. After his debut at Sperone Westwater in 1999, he had solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2018.

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diptych of knights on horseback against teal and yellow backgrounds

Malcolm Morley
Tilting, 2017
oil on linen with additional painting attached by aluminum supports
50 x 100 inches (127 x 254 cm)
52 x 102 1/4 inches (132 x 259,7 cm) frame
SW 17238

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Malcolm Morley
French and English Knights Engaged in Mortal Combat, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 x 2 1/2 inches (132 x 132 x 6 cm) frame
SW 17128

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painting of knights on horseback in battle against a bright yellow background

Malcolm Morley
Melee at Agincourt, 2017
oil on linen
76 x 114 inches (193 x 289,5 cm)
78 3/4 x 116 3/4 x 3 (200 x 296,5 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 17024

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Malcolm Morley
Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017
oil on linen
72 x 56 inches (182,9 x 142,2 cm)
74 1/8 x 58 1/8 inches (188,3 x 147,6 cm) frame
SW 17391

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colorful painting of a knight on horseback in front of a castle

Malcolm Morley
Victorious, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132,1 x 132,1 cm) frame
SW 17390

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close-up painting of a knight on horseback with his arm raised against a bright yellow background

Malcolm Morley
Tally-ho, 2016
oil on linen
21 x 26 1/2 inches (53,3 x 67,3 cm)
22 1/4 x 27 5/9 inches (56,5 x 70,2 cm) frame
SW 17026

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Malcolm Morley
O.K., 2015
oil on linen
26 1/2 x 63 inches (67,3 x 160 cm)
28 1/2 x 65 inches (72,4 x 165,1 cm) frame
SW 16154

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Malcolm Morley
Crushed Liner with Lighthouses, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132 x 132 cm) frame
SW 16106

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Malcolm Morley
Air Battle over Medieval Castle, 2015
oil on linen with metal and paper attachments
50 x 40 x 3 inches (127 x 101,5 x 7,6 cm)
52 x 42 x 4 inches (132 x 107 x 10 cm) frame
SW 15103
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Dakota, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101,5 cm)
52 x 42 inches (132 x 107 cm) frame
SW 15102
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Aircraft on a Yellow Plane, 2014
oil on linen
40 x 50 inches (101,5 x 127 cm)
42 x 52 inches (107 x 132 cm) frame
SW 15100

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Malcolm Morley
YM60, 2014
oil on linen with paper and metal attachments
40 x 50 x 9 inches (101,5 x 127 x 23 cm)
42 x 52 x 10 inches (107 x 132 x 25 cm) frame
SW 15099
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Malcolm Morley
The Searchers, 2014
oil on linen with oil on paper attachments
40 x 50 x 17 inches (101,5 x 127 x 43 cm)
42 x 52 x 18 inches (107 x 132 x 46 cm) frame
SW 15095
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Freighter with Primary Colors and B2 Bombers, 2013
oil on linen
36 1/4 x 40 inches (92 x 101,5 cm)
38 3/4 x 42 x 2 1/2 inches (98 x 106 x 6 cm) frame
SW 15094

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Malcolm Morley
Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011
oil on linen with paper, string, metal and linen attachments
68 1/4 x 53 1/2 x 5 inches (173,4 x 136 x 12,7 cm)
SW 11243
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011
oil paint on linen
62 x 78 inches (157,5 x 198 cm)
SW 11399

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Malcolm Morley
Ace of Aces, 2011
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 7/8 x 60 inches (121,6 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11057
Private Collection

portrait of an English fighter pilot with two biplanes in the background to the right side of the canvas

Malcolm Morley
English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm) 47 1/2 x 60 inches (120,7 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11052
Collection of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Malcolm Morley
Beautiful Explosion, 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 3/8 x 60 1/8 inches (120,3 x 152,7 cm) frame
SW 11001
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley
The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011
oil on linen
25 x 16 1/4 inches (63,5 x 41,3 cm)
SW 11104

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Malcolm Morley
Ring of Fire, 2009
mixed media
113 x 77 1/2 x 87 inches (287 x 197 x 221 cm)
SW 09060

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Malcolm Morley
Blue Boyz, 2008
oil on linen with oil on paper and wood attachments
42 x 54 1/2 x 19 inches (106,8 x 138,4 x 48,3 cm)
SW 08192
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Thor, 2008
oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attachment
84 x 63 inches (213,4 x 160 cm)
86 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches (219,7 x 166,4 cm) frame
SW 08293
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Theory of Catastrophe, 2004
oil on linen
76 x 81 inches (193 x 205,7 cm)
77 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches (196,9 x 209,6 cm) frame
SW 04218
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley
Rat Tat Tat, 2001
oil on linen
94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
SW 01113
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Malcolm Morley
Wildlife, 2000
oil on linen with attached bird
63 1/2 x 84 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches (161,3 x 214,6 x 45 cm) overall
SW 00052
Private Collection

painting of a hardwood floor with layers of paint marks

Malcolm Morley
Painter's Floor, 1999
oil on linen with diamond chips
95 x 95 inches (241,3 x 241,3 cm)
SW 99169
Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

a red biplane flies towards a bright orange sun over Viking ships on the open sea as parachuters drop from the sky overhead

Malcolm Morley
Approaching Valhalla, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/4 x 80 7/8 inches (262,3 x 205,4 cm) frame
SW 98175
Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

painting of a large ship in a turbulent sea with humpback whales and four smaller boats with striped sails toward the bottom of the canvas

Malcolm Morley
Floundering Vessel with Blue Whales and Viking Ships, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/2 x 81 inches (262,9 x 205,7 cm) frame
SW 98263
Collection of Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

painting of collaged imagery of the sea, including ships, boats, biplanes and a lighthouse

Malcolm Morley
Mariner, 1998
oil on linen
116 x 148 inches (294,6 x 375,9 cm)
117 1/2 x 149 inches (298,5 x 378,5 cm) frame
SW 98299
Collection of Tate, London

painting of a blue and yellow boat hull damaged and overturned in the foreground and a hill rising in the background

Malcolm Morley
Gypsy, 1992
oil on canvas
78 x 109 inches (198,1 x 276,9 cm)
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art

painting of collaged Classical and Roman imagery including a horse, a trojan horse, and male and female figures

Malcolm Morley
Albatross, 1985
oil on canvas
79 x 90 inches (200,5 x 228,5 cm)
Collection of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

painting of the Los Angeles Yellow pages distorted with superimposed imagery of ships, planes and figures

Malcolm Morley
The Day of the Locust, 1977
oil on canvas
149 1/8 x 90 5/8 inches (239,3 x 199,5 cm)
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York​

painting of a cruise liner in which a tromp l'oeil effect makes the canvas appear crumpled on the top half, while the bottom remains intact

Malcolm Morley
Disaster, 1972-74
oil on canvas with knife and pieces of rubber
72 x 84 inches (182,9 x 213,4 cm)
Collection Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Malcolm Morley
San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976
oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 20 7/8 inches (77 x 53 cm)
31 3/8 x 22 5/16 inches (79,7 x 56,7 cm) frame
SW 07128
Private Collection

sunny beach scene of a family of four where the son rides the father's back and the wife and daughter sit behind them

Malcolm Morley
Beach Scene, 1968
acrylic on canvas
110 x 89 7/8 inches (279,4 x 228,2 cm)
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

painting of the artist Vermeer in his studio as he paints a female model

Malcolm Morley
Vermeer, Portrait of the Artist in his Studio, 1968
acrylic on canvas
105 x 87 inches (266,7 x 221 cm)
Collection of The Broad, Los Angeles

Malcolm Morley
State Room (with Port Hole), 1966
Liquitex on canvas
22 x 32 inches (55,9 x 81,3 cm)
25 x 35 inches (63, 5 x 89 cm) frame
SW 14068
Private Collection

aerial view of a cruise liner in a bay along a coastal town

Malcolm Morley
S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965
oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 50 inches (100,6 x 127 cm)
40 5/8 x 50 5/8 x 1 inches (103,2 x 128,6 x 2,5 cm)
Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts

diptych of knights on horseback against teal and yellow backgrounds

Malcolm Morley
Tilting, 2017
oil on linen with additional painting attached by aluminum supports
50 x 100 inches (127 x 254 cm)
52 x 102 1/4 inches (132 x 259,7 cm) frame
SW 17238

Malcolm Morley
French and English Knights Engaged in Mortal Combat, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 x 2 1/2 inches (132 x 132 x 6 cm) frame
SW 17128

painting of knights on horseback in battle against a bright yellow background

Malcolm Morley
Melee at Agincourt, 2017
oil on linen
76 x 114 inches (193 x 289,5 cm)
78 3/4 x 116 3/4 x 3 (200 x 296,5 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 17024

Malcolm Morley
Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017
oil on linen
72 x 56 inches (182,9 x 142,2 cm)
74 1/8 x 58 1/8 inches (188,3 x 147,6 cm) frame
SW 17391

colorful painting of a knight on horseback in front of a castle

Malcolm Morley
Victorious, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132,1 x 132,1 cm) frame
SW 17390

close-up painting of a knight on horseback with his arm raised against a bright yellow background

Malcolm Morley
Tally-ho, 2016
oil on linen
21 x 26 1/2 inches (53,3 x 67,3 cm)
22 1/4 x 27 5/9 inches (56,5 x 70,2 cm) frame
SW 17026

Malcolm Morley
O.K., 2015
oil on linen
26 1/2 x 63 inches (67,3 x 160 cm)
28 1/2 x 65 inches (72,4 x 165,1 cm) frame
SW 16154

Malcolm Morley
Crushed Liner with Lighthouses, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm)
52 x 52 inches (132 x 132 cm) frame
SW 16106

Malcolm Morley
Air Battle over Medieval Castle, 2015
oil on linen with metal and paper attachments
50 x 40 x 3 inches (127 x 101,5 x 7,6 cm)
52 x 42 x 4 inches (132 x 107 x 10 cm) frame
SW 15103
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Dakota, 2015
oil on linen
50 x 40 inches (127 x 101,5 cm)
52 x 42 inches (132 x 107 cm) frame
SW 15102
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Aircraft on a Yellow Plane, 2014
oil on linen
40 x 50 inches (101,5 x 127 cm)
42 x 52 inches (107 x 132 cm) frame
SW 15100

Malcolm Morley
YM60, 2014
oil on linen with paper and metal attachments
40 x 50 x 9 inches (101,5 x 127 x 23 cm)
42 x 52 x 10 inches (107 x 132 x 25 cm) frame
SW 15099
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Malcolm Morley
The Searchers, 2014
oil on linen with oil on paper attachments
40 x 50 x 17 inches (101,5 x 127 x 43 cm)
42 x 52 x 18 inches (107 x 132 x 46 cm) frame
SW 15095
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Freighter with Primary Colors and B2 Bombers, 2013
oil on linen
36 1/4 x 40 inches (92 x 101,5 cm)
38 3/4 x 42 x 2 1/2 inches (98 x 106 x 6 cm) frame
SW 15094

Malcolm Morley
Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011
oil on linen with paper, string, metal and linen attachments
68 1/4 x 53 1/2 x 5 inches (173,4 x 136 x 12,7 cm)
SW 11243
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011
oil paint on linen
62 x 78 inches (157,5 x 198 cm)
SW 11399

Malcolm Morley
Ace of Aces, 2011
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 7/8 x 60 inches (121,6 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11057
Private Collection

portrait of an English fighter pilot with two biplanes in the background to the right side of the canvas

Malcolm Morley
English Fighter Pilot (Ace), 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm) 47 1/2 x 60 inches (120,7 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11052
Collection of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Malcolm Morley
Beautiful Explosion, 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 3/8 x 60 1/8 inches (120,3 x 152,7 cm) frame
SW 11001
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley
The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011
oil on linen
25 x 16 1/4 inches (63,5 x 41,3 cm)
SW 11104

Malcolm Morley
Ring of Fire, 2009
mixed media
113 x 77 1/2 x 87 inches (287 x 197 x 221 cm)
SW 09060

Malcolm Morley
Blue Boyz, 2008
oil on linen with oil on paper and wood attachments
42 x 54 1/2 x 19 inches (106,8 x 138,4 x 48,3 cm)
SW 08192
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Thor, 2008
oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attachment
84 x 63 inches (213,4 x 160 cm)
86 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches (219,7 x 166,4 cm) frame
SW 08293
Private Collection

Malcolm Morley
Theory of Catastrophe, 2004
oil on linen
76 x 81 inches (193 x 205,7 cm)
77 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches (196,9 x 209,6 cm) frame
SW 04218
Hall Collection

Malcolm Morley
Rat Tat Tat, 2001
oil on linen
94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
SW 01113
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Malcolm Morley
Wildlife, 2000
oil on linen with attached bird
63 1/2 x 84 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches (161,3 x 214,6 x 45 cm) overall
SW 00052
Private Collection

painting of a hardwood floor with layers of paint marks

Malcolm Morley
Painter's Floor, 1999
oil on linen with diamond chips
95 x 95 inches (241,3 x 241,3 cm)
SW 99169
Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

a red biplane flies towards a bright orange sun over Viking ships on the open sea as parachuters drop from the sky overhead

Malcolm Morley
Approaching Valhalla, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/4 x 80 7/8 inches (262,3 x 205,4 cm) frame
SW 98175
Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

painting of a large ship in a turbulent sea with humpback whales and four smaller boats with striped sails toward the bottom of the canvas

Malcolm Morley
Floundering Vessel with Blue Whales and Viking Ships, 1998
oil on linen
102 x 79 1/2 inches (259 x 201,9 cm)
103 1/2 x 81 inches (262,9 x 205,7 cm) frame
SW 98263
Collection of Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

painting of collaged imagery of the sea, including ships, boats, biplanes and a lighthouse

Malcolm Morley
Mariner, 1998
oil on linen
116 x 148 inches (294,6 x 375,9 cm)
117 1/2 x 149 inches (298,5 x 378,5 cm) frame
SW 98299
Collection of Tate, London

painting of a blue and yellow boat hull damaged and overturned in the foreground and a hill rising in the background

Malcolm Morley
Gypsy, 1992
oil on canvas
78 x 109 inches (198,1 x 276,9 cm)
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art

painting of collaged Classical and Roman imagery including a horse, a trojan horse, and male and female figures

Malcolm Morley
Albatross, 1985
oil on canvas
79 x 90 inches (200,5 x 228,5 cm)
Collection of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo

painting of the Los Angeles Yellow pages distorted with superimposed imagery of ships, planes and figures

Malcolm Morley
The Day of the Locust, 1977
oil on canvas
149 1/8 x 90 5/8 inches (239,3 x 199,5 cm)
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York​

painting of a cruise liner in which a tromp l'oeil effect makes the canvas appear crumpled on the top half, while the bottom remains intact

Malcolm Morley
Disaster, 1972-74
oil on canvas with knife and pieces of rubber
72 x 84 inches (182,9 x 213,4 cm)
Collection Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Malcolm Morley
San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976
oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 20 7/8 inches (77 x 53 cm)
31 3/8 x 22 5/16 inches (79,7 x 56,7 cm) frame
SW 07128
Private Collection

sunny beach scene of a family of four where the son rides the father's back and the wife and daughter sit behind them

Malcolm Morley
Beach Scene, 1968
acrylic on canvas
110 x 89 7/8 inches (279,4 x 228,2 cm)
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

painting of the artist Vermeer in his studio as he paints a female model

Malcolm Morley
Vermeer, Portrait of the Artist in his Studio, 1968
acrylic on canvas
105 x 87 inches (266,7 x 221 cm)
Collection of The Broad, Los Angeles

Malcolm Morley
State Room (with Port Hole), 1966
Liquitex on canvas
22 x 32 inches (55,9 x 81,3 cm)
25 x 35 inches (63, 5 x 89 cm) frame
SW 14068
Private Collection

aerial view of a cruise liner in a bay along a coastal town

Malcolm Morley
S.S. Independence with Cote d'Azur, 1965
oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 50 inches (100,6 x 127 cm)
40 5/8 x 50 5/8 x 1 inches (103,2 x 128,6 x 2,5 cm)
Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts