George Morton-Clark

November 3, 2016

A British artist, George Morton-Clark brings familiar cartoon characters to life, in works imbued with an abstract atmosphere of energy and liveliness. Using oil, acrylic, and charcoal on unprimed canvas, he creates works characterized by bold images and strong colors.

Born and raised in Tooting, South London, Morton-Clark is now based in East London. He studied animation for 3 years at London University, Surrey Institute of Art and Design. After gaining his BA he left to pursue an art career but the animation aspect has never really left his craft.

Combining intense colors, spontaneous drawings, and nostalgic cartoon characters, Morton-Clark creates seemingly simple works that communicate allegorical stories. Drawing his inspiration from films, music, his travels and pop imagery, he combines abstract elements with figurative, working in expressionistic techniques.  Having rich imagination and sensibility, the artist gives well-known characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Tom and Jerry a newfound sense of vitality and meaning. Staring at us from the canvas in a striking and overemphasized fashion, these characters express a range of emotions, such as surprise or fear. Dr. Rolf Lauter, former Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany said of the artist: "Rather than presenting a grand, elaborate theme about our time, and trying to integrate himself into some section of Art History, he presents pieces that resemble comfortable and fun times spent laughing and talking to close friends."