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Shorter Malcolm Morley:

First came his classic photorealist works from the 1960s, roughly contemporaneous to Chuck Close's and Richard Estes's work and rooted in Pop art. The subject matter isn't "ships" but picture postcards of ships, gridded out and painted square by square. In the late '70s Morley became the expressionist-style painter he is today. One could prefer the earlier work but sympathize with the need to loosen up and not be a lifelong prisoner of a rigid technique.


SS Amsterdam in Front of Rotterdam, 1966

Liquitex on canvas, 62 x 84 in. (date and medium from Jean-Claude Lebensztejn's book on Morley, Itineraries)

jpeg via The Remodern Review



Cristoforo Colombo, 1966

Liquitex on canvas, 45 x 60 in. (date and medium from Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, Itineraries)

jpeg via Hall Collection


Sailing Vessel Floundering in Heavy Seas, 1996

oil on linen, 56 x 72 in. (hat tip JPM)