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Peter Morrell’s 1957 self portrait shows the artist appearing diminutive in perspective and fragile-looking within the confines of what appears to be a huge, empty barn or warehouse structure.
Something of Giacometti’s near-contemporaneous sketchy oil paintings of grey, haunted people stranded against abysmally dark backgrounds, seems present here.
Morrell studied at Kingston School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. Morrell says, ‘I had my first show of [large and rather minimal colour-field] paintings at the New Art Centre, Sloane Street during 1964.’ He relates these to his interests in ‘landscape, the arcane, grid structures, Celtic myth and, overall, colour and texture’. His ‘previous work [had] more of a landscape connection, and Cornish painters between 1950–1960 had a lot of influence on me – Hilton, Blow, Lanyon, Nicholson, as did Tapies, Burri and others.’
oil on canvas
H 61 x W 46 cm
acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection