George Morton-Clark

George Morton-Clark/ George Morton-Clark

United Kingdom 1982

Painting

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George Morton-Clark
George Morton-Clark
Male
United Kingdom
1982

Drawing inspiration from his subconscious mind, English painter George Morton-Clark creates unsettling artwork which provokes eerie emotions in the audience. Boasting bold acidic colors, brave brush strokes, oil paint and unsettling imagery, his paintings relate a sense of anxiety and paranoia – resembling imagery that could be seen in some Hollywood movie, as the detectives finally discover the serial killer’s apartment and look at his walls. “My art has a certain eerie feel that is there to unnerve the viewer,” George explains. “I hate nice art.” He further observes: “Society has evolved a paranoid state of mind because of our ever-tightening freedoms. I see the world as a colliding of consciousness, made violent by its increasing extremes. We are becoming more suffocated in our day to day lives by marketing, religious views and bureaucracy. I use my work to explore the effects of these pressures on each other and ourselves.”[1]

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George Morton-Clark – Caviar and Cocain, 2014 (Left) / Evenings alone, 2014 (Right)

Travelling for Insight

Brought up in South London, George was heavily influenced by the intensity of his home city. As he says: “You have a different head screwed on when you are there. You are constantly paranoid and angry. Looking over your shoulder at all times.” Attempting to free himself from these feelings and obtain a fresh experience, Morton-Clark resorts to traveling. His voyages abroad do not only serve to reset his emotional clock; they have been instrumental in Morton-Clark finding his artistic voice. While visiting India, for instance, he witnessed a religious ritual held for the Hindu holiday fittingly called Holi. In it, people throw paint at each other, an experience the artist found reminiscent of a painting coming to life. The strong colors present in Indian art and daily life, coupled with the images of the ritual of colors, had their impact on George. He infused these emotions into his art, especially two pieces called “Heroes and Villains” and “Stag”.

His Exhibitions Always Upsetting Emotions

new street exhibitions in London, 2016
George Morton-Clark – Buried in lead, 2015 (Left) / Pink Blanket, 2015 (Right)

Childhood Dialogues with Portraits Serving as Inspiration

From a young age, Morton-Clark has deemed painting a need instead of a choice. Painting for him had a therapeutic effect, soothing the psyche, an ironic contrast to the uncomfortable effect his work later has on the viewers. As a boy, George was fascinated by the portraits on the walls of his grandmother’s home. “I would wonder alone in the house and would always feel their presence. When I would stop and stare at one when no-one else was around the silence of the corridors plus the paintings would deliver a shiver down my spine. This childhood experience is a great way to tackle my art as I want to create the same feeling those paintings did for me.“ To George, being an artist is all about making the world see how you see and think how you think.[2] Looking at contemporaries and others as inspiration rather than competition, he considers George Condo and Basquiat to be among his influences. His namesake George Condo’s dark and disturbing style corresponds to Morton-Clark’s world view, whereas Basquiat’s random approach reminds him to always create freely.Heeding the notion, when he makes mistakes with his strokes or dashes,instead of glooming over making them he incorporates them into his work, allowing creative flow and taking the piece in beautiful new directions.
The artist is represented by Imitate Modern gallery.

George Morton-Clark lives and works in London, UK.

References:

  1. Chapell, S., George Morton-Clark Hates Nice Art, Art Nouveau Magazine [November 3, 2016]
  2. Daye, K., Painter George Morton-Clark, Stated Magazine [November 3, 2016]

All images courtesy of Imitate Modern

YearExhibitionGalery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016 MARR x George Morton-ClarkClothing line with MARR LondonSolo
2015Group show springVertes Modern, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Group show winterVertes Modern, SwitzerlandGroup
2014George Morton-ClarkKunst art fair, ZurichSolo
2014Contemporary paintersVertes modern, ZurichGroup
2014Virtue of FoolsMunichSolo
2014 George Morton-ClarkStroke Art fair, MunichSolo
2014Art guitarsCuckoo club, Regent st, LondonSolo
2014Seven Deadly sins Unit gallery, LondonGroup
2014The Devil's CabinetImitate Modern gallery, LondonSolo
2013All you need is artMunichSolo
2013UTOPIALondonGroup
2013The UNIT LondonGroup
2013DADA'S little bitchLondonSolo
2013London PortraitsMunichSolo
2013Macmillan Cancer auctionLondonSolo
2013International music summitIbizaGroup
2013The Multiple Sclerosis Society60 years Auction,  Bristol, UKGroup
20121 yearGalerie flash, MunichSolo
2012Brit weekLos AngelesGroup
2012Art moshMunichGroup
2012Factory projectHospital club, LondonGroup
2011 George Morton-ClarkUnderdog gallery, London bridgeSolo
2011Less than zeroVirgin IslandsSolo
2011See no evilBristolSolo
2011Urban in Ibiza Azerto hotel, IbizaGroup
2011Factory projectRed bull studios, LondonSolo
2011UnknownWhisper gallery, LondonSolo
2010From LLille, FranceSolo
2010Red propellerEnglandGroup
2010Mad artist tea partyFuture gallery, LondonGroup
2010Geshia, London v BrightonBrightonGroup
2010Art against knivesHonda, Truman BreweryGroup
2009Mutate Britainwest LondonGroup
2009RepresentBlackall studios, LondonSolo
2009The show must go onUrban angel, LondonGroup