Malcolm Morley
Train Wreck (Gold Version) 1975–81

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Malcolm Morley born 1931
Train Wreck (Gold Version)
Date 1975–81
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 829 x 1121 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
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This is one of two prints Morley made from a painting also called Train Wreck. The composition explores the theme of catastrophe, and was derived from a sculpture of a derailed toy train. Morley added a grid, depictions of a playing card fragment, a flower and inscriptions in English, Chinese, Japanese and Russian which read, 'catastrophe' and 'train wreck'. Morley explained, 'for the first time, I'm actually painting space as something seen before I hit a surface.'

August 2004

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