Acrylic paint on digital pigment print with collage on Somerset Velvet paper 330gsm, in artist's frame
61.5 x 54.7 x 4.5 cm [ 24.2 x 21.5 x 1.8 inches]
Edition of 17, signed and numbered
This edition is sold in a bespoke frame, please allow 3-4 weeks for framing
About the work
Katy Moran has created Magritte mornings, 2021 especially for Whitechapel Gallery to accompany the exhibition Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, 19 May – 29 Aug 2021.
Katy Moran uses one of her recent paintings, also entitled Magritte mornings, as a starting point for her edition. Moran often crops or paints on top of found pictures, and incorporates both frame and support in a kind of collage process. She cuts larger canvases down to smaller ones, as a way to zero in on specific areas, finding new paintings within her work and blurring the boundaries of where a painting begins and ends.
In a similar way, for her edition, Moran starts with a print of the existing painting (itself painted on top of a found picture) and adds a collage element. Using her body part, she applies an approximate version of a shape found in the original painting, in thick acrylic paint . This impasto ‘print’ is a playful and direct interpretation of the printing process, whilst lending the work a physicality, found in her paintings. Moran has also incorporated a frame into the work, using traditional materials in a sculptural way. She inverts the wooden frame profile, so that the edges, which would ordinarily overlap the image, face outwards. A linen-wrapped window mount, slopes downwards towards the work, This rearrangement of materials is a nod to her use of framing as a device to include, isolate or expand elements within her paintings.
Katy Moran finds similarities with the work of Eileen Agar, in their shared use of collage, layering and colour palette, which fill the canvas and occupy the painting space. In her subject matter too Moran identifies with Agar’s relationship to surrealism and the inner world through the use of abstraction.
This edition has been co produced with FRAME London.
About the artist
Katy Moran (b. 1975, Manchester) lives and works in Hertfordshire. Katy Moran is known for her paintings which derive from found imagery. Her images develop through the painting process, oscillating between representation and abstraction, composition and narrative, texture and space.
Selected Exhibitions include: Recent paintings, Modern Art, London, (2020), I want to live in the afternoon of that day, Sperone Westwater, New York (2019), Parasol Unit for Contemporary Art, London (2015); the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2010); Tate St. Ives (2009); and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK (2008). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Tate St. Ives (2018); Aspen Art Museum (2015); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); SFMOMA (2012); and Tate Britain, London (2008). Her work is included in public and private collections including Arts Council Collection, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Government Art Collection, London; Pinault Collection, Venice; Royal College of Art, London; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Zabludowicz Collection, London.
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