George Morton-Clark cites his upbringing in South London as a main influence of his work, which often investigates the darker side of modern society and human nature. From a young age, he has considered painting a necessity; an integral part of himself, as opposed to a choice. Painting from his subconscious, he creates a raw honesty and psychological depth to all of his artworks. These in turn, offer a genuine and often uncomfortable window into his psyche and the state of society, which his show, The Devil’s Cabinet reflects provocatively. This Hobbes-like attention to the human condition is thought-provoking for the viewer and when coupled with his artistic techniques of vivid colour and dark intricate detail creates stunning paintings. Morton-Clark captures the turmoil of our human existence through motifs that Piece from George Morton-Clark’s new show: The Devil’s Cabinet have become signatures of his work, such as photo-realistic mouths, child-like autonomous words and acidic colours.
He often finds that after finishing a ‘nice’ piece of artwork, he feels compelled to ruin it, and adorn it with an imperfection or two. Thus, his work often features a mark, scribble or splash of paint that doesn’t quite fit. Dr. Rolf Lauter, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany says of Morton Clark’s work: “Morton-Clark’s painting is like a psychogram of society, a mirror of the tormented and excruciating psyche within the human being.
With his influences of Arnulf Rainer, Jean-Michael Basquiat and street painters, his work shows a dispute with the honesty of the streets and the realities which are hidden behind the visible reality.” With a history of successful shows since 2009, and global press coverage of his work that includes the Independent, Wired, Evening Standard, Juxtapoz, CNN, Russian National Television and the BBC we are excited to be bringing the work of Morton-Clark back to London with The Devil’s Cabinet.
Solo show: The Devil’s Cabinet
The Devil’s Cabinet is presented by both Imitate Modern and Beautiful Crime. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
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