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Signed and dated 06 on the overlap

In her small canvases, Katy Moran evokes the sensation of a split-second glimpse of a distant image. The British painter starts with images found on the Internet, torn from magazines, or snapped with her cell phone, and then interprets them in loose, abstract strokes of paint until a new figurative image appears. She allows the composition to develop on its own, working with the canvas upside down to avoid dictating the form her images will take, resulting in works that have been compared to Cecily Brown and Willem de Kooning. “I wanted paintings to be figurative, but not at the expense of the paint,” Moran has said. “I didn't want to constrict the paint, force it to do something. I wanted to let it do what it wanted to do.”

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
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Selected exhibitions
2020
Katy Moran: Recent PaintingsSperone Westwater
2019
Sperone Westwater at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019Sperone Westwater
2018
Modern Art at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018Modern Art
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Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on canvas
18 × 15 in
45.7 × 38.1 cm
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SCA
Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

Guaranteed Property (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Signature
Signed and dated 06 on the overlap

In her small canvases, Katy Moran evokes the sensation of a split-second glimpse of a distant image. The British painter starts with images found on the Internet, torn from magazines, or snapped with her cell phone, and then interprets them in loose, abstract strokes of paint until a new figurative image appears. She allows the composition to develop on its own, working with the canvas upside down to avoid dictating the form her images will take, resulting in works that have been compared to Cecily Brown and Willem de Kooning. “I wanted paintings to be figurative, but not at the expense of the paint,” Moran has said. “I didn't want to constrict the paint, force it to do something. I wanted to let it do what it wanted to do.”

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
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Selected exhibitions (3)
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