Simon Morley: British Modern

21 Feb-28 Mar 2024
PV 21 Feb 2024, 6-8pm

Art First
London SE11 4UA


Morley has left the UK, and he now lives in South Korea and France. Thinking from a distance about ‘British Culture’ is one of the motivations for making the new series. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently a solo exhibition at Song Art Gallery in Seoul. He is also the author of several books, including ‘Modern Painting. A Concise History.’ Published in 2023 by Thames & Hudson in their World of Art series.

In most of the paintings in the exhibition one at first sees only a coloured rectangle, but on moving closer a text written on the painted surface is legible which is almost the same colour as the ground of the painting and is built up by hand in painted layers to produce a relief effect. In one group of four paintings, the text derives from the cover designs of The Penguin Modern Painters series, published between 1944 and 1948, and feature Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Victor Pasmore, and Stanley Spencer.

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Gallery hours:
Wednesday-Friday 11-6pm, or by appointment

Selected works


Simon Morley: British Modern press release