The Ashmolean is delighted to announce a new major collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation with the opening of Malcolm Morley at the Ashmolean: Paintings and Drawings from the Hall Collection.
Malcolm Morley at the Ashmolean will be the first in a series of displays of contemporary and post-war art drawn from the collections of the Hall Art Foundation and Andrew and Christine Hall.
The display will feature approximately thirty paintings and drawings by leading British-born artist, Malcolm Morley, spanning his career from 1964 to present, and will be curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal.
Morley, born in London in 1931 and now a US citizen, was the first-ever winner of the Turner Prize in 1984. Morley is widely acknowledged as one of the founders of hyper-realism, which he developed as a counterpoint to pop-art in the 1960s after having attended the Royal College of Art, where he was a contemporary of both Frank Auerbach and Peter Blake. Morley later deliberately broke away from this style to develop a highly colourful, individual and expressive style of painting, often depicting man-made disasters such as car and motorbike crashes, heightening viewers’ perceptions and expanding the possibilities for ways of seeing.
This exciting new exhibition series of contemporary art will be presented on the lower ground floor.
The display will be accompanied by a catalogue, available from the Ashmolean shop, at £15.