Malcolm Morley was born in Highgate, London, in 1931. He studied at both the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art in London before migrating to New York in 1958. Here he met Barnett Newman and was influenced by his work and the work of other Abstract Expressionists. In 1965 he shifted his focus from Abstraction to Realism, and coined the term ‘Superrealist’ to describe his work. This new direction involved the transfer of images from a variety of sources (including travel brochures) to canvas via a grid system.

It differed from the ‘Photorealist’ artists who would often use a projector to transfer their images. Morley’s later works, including the prints that he completed at Tyler Graphics, blend his figurative Superrealist work with his gestural abstractions. In 1982 he completed several lithographic print editions featuring pastoral scenes of farm animals. In 1998 he returned to Tyler Graphics and produced three bright lithographic prints of boats and beaches.
Emilie Owens

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