Morley and me
I’m interested in the tensions between copying and appropriation in arts practice and its relationships to identity. Malcolm Morley is a painter well known for appropriating found imagery such as photographs, post cards and posters etc. For this painting I wanted to explore the concept of the original by appropriating part of a Morley’s work, from a section of a mass-produced poster of ‘Coronation and Beach Scene’.
This painting was inspired by a piece of documentary footage at a Malcolm Morley exhibition at The Hayward Gallery some years ago. In the film Morley was painting outside he had an easel and stool and was busy painting a picture of a tiger, for a moment I thought he maybe painting direct from life but as the camera pans out you see he’s actually painting an advertisement of a tiger, displayed on the side of a coach, parked in a safari car park.