Victoria Morton (1971 - )

Oil on canvas


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  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street

    In Untitled (2016) a painting by Victoria Morton, a composition of overlapping pools and delicate veils in watery blends of reds, mauves and pinks create a shallow recessive space that seems to dilate and collapse before our eyes. The image rests on the threshold of being figurative, yet remains abstract. Small blobs of bright colour disrupt the space, preventing an easy or sentimental reading of the image. 

    Morton approaches her work as a process of constructing a ‘narrative of sensations’ in which personal and historical references collide. Filling the canvas with layers of colour and interlocking form, she creates expansive spaces that have the power to envelop and overwhelm. This equates with her interest in the non-verbal expression of music – that like listening to a piece of music, a visual experience can also create a psychological or physical response.

    Morton’s paintings appear spontaneous or improvised, but stem from her experience and understanding of art and music. Until 2014, she was a member of the all-female, Glaswegian experimental art-rock band, Muscles of Joy.

  • About the artist
    Born in Glasgow, Victoria Morton studied for a BA and MFA in the city at Glasgow School of Art. Her practice encompasses painting, assemblage, photography and sound. She has exhibited her work internationally since 1993, both in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions. She exhibits frequently at Sadie Coles HQ in London, and has had recent solo shows at The Modern Institute, Glasgow; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, USA; and the Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, among others. Morton lives and works in Glasgow and Fossombrone, Italy.
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Oil on canvas
    height: 131 cm, width: 100.8 cm, depth: 4 cm
    Purchased from The Modern Institute, July 2016
    verso upper right: Victoria Morton / 2016
    The Modern Institute; purchased July 2016
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