Portrait of Malcolm Morley 1976


Portrait of Malcolm Morley

Catalogue raisonné no. 372

Artist's CR 351


Amagansett, New York


Edition of 10

13.25 x 11 x10 inches / 0 cm

Selected Citations and Comments

In New York and Albuquerque in 1976 I made a series of portraits of my old friend, the painter Malcolm Morley, consisting of his profile and some other detail applied to an egg-shaped form. The first of these is life-size, modelled in clay, and cast into bronze; the second is a carved bas-relief. These were followed by two multiple versions… One is a drawing etched on glass over a lithograph of an egg-shape expressing volume (and confusion); the other is three sheets of etched glass set 10 mm apart so that the layered drawings floating over one another change as the viewer moves about. At the time I was fascinated by the shape of Morley’s head and its contents.

Gerald Laing, in Lyndsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, London, 2006, p.189