Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Evelyn, Lady Devonshire Fund 2001
Malcolm Morley grew up in London during the Second World War. He attended Camberwell School of Art and then the Royal College of Art. In 1958, a year after graduating, he moved to New York where he has lived ever since.
Morley's oeuvre is characterised by its great stylistic diversity. This ranges from the Photorealism of the 1960s and 1970s, to the Neo-Expressionism of the 1980s and the still life paintings based upon balsa wood models of the 1990s. Yet the motifs Morley employs show great consistency: images of cruise liners, tugs, aeroplanes and light houses continually appearing. With this recycled cast of motifs, Morley explores a range of themes to which he obsessively returns…