Malcolm Morley at the Ashmolean
8 Oct 2013 – 30 Mar 2014
The first in a series of displays of post-war works drawn from the Hall Art Foundation collection.
Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the exhibition features an assortment of paintings and drawings that trace the career of first-ever Turner Prize winner, Malcolm Morley.
Born in London in 1931, Morley had a difficult childhood after his house was hit by a bomb during World War II, leaving his family homeless.
It wasn't until Morley's three-year sentence at Wormwood Scrubs prison that he discovered he could paint and after his release he went on to attend the Royal College of Art alongside Frank Auerbach and Peter Blake.
Morley is credited as one of the founders of hyper-realism, which he developed while living in New York in the 1960s as a counterpoint to the pop-art being produced by his contemporaries.
His later work evidences a more expressionistic style, concentrating on highly colourful, individual and expressive painting methods and often depicting man-made disasters such as car and motorbike crashes.