Malcolm Morley in conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal
A conversation between Malcolm Morley and Sir Norman Rosenthal on the occasion of the the exhibition “Malcolm Morley. History Painting” at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (18 November—17 December 2016).
In this series of diverse but interrelated canvases, Malcolm Morley plunges the viewer into a colourful historical universe in which the traditional concepts of time and space no longer exist, and where past and present merge. In these large-scale and visually surprising compositions, the artist fuses a wealth of anachronistic elements into a unified whole, as in the World War I biplane and Spanish galleon that co-exist in Medieval Divided Self, or he evokes pivotal battles from vastly different epochs of British and American history, such as Agincourt and the Battle of the Alamo.