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Malcolm Morley

Ancient Chinese Horses, 1998

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11-color lithograph,
23 1/4 x 33 7/8” (59 x 86 cm),
on Somerset soft white paper,
28 3/4 x 38” (73 x 96,4 cm),
printed by Maurice Sanchez,
Derrière l’Etoile Studio, New York,
Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

A trio of mighty steeds galloping across continents and centuries of color in search of their dream riders.


“Morley’s work method—and he is an artist who cultivates the most refined ironies—is obsessive and scrupulous, almost mantra-like. The first paintings that brought him notoriety, his superrealist ocean-liners of the 1960s, derive from photographs that he divided in little squares so that he could copy them with the greatest possible accuracy. Seen from a distance, these works look like photographs, but close up they disclose themselves as jubilant pictorial feasts made up of tiny, dynamic brushstrokes.” Enrique Juncosa Parkett No. 52, 1998

$ 2,500.00


;British artist Malcolm Morley is best known for his hyperreal paintings and sculptures that pull subject matter from Old Masters, family portraits, current events, travel brochures, and other visual detritus. Of his attempt to move beyond the strictures of photorealism, Morley says, “I make a handmade painting from a readymade.” … Dissatisfied with merely reproducing the image, he draws …. as in “Ancient Chinese Horses”… from the vivid colors of Pop Art and collage techniques to further draw attention to the image as an object.” -Artsy