Malcolm Morley

19 11 2015

Malcolm Morley has gotten off the couch. A longtime champion of psychoanalysis, the 83-year-old British artist “finally got thrown out” by his therapist, he says. But that doesn’t mean the self-described “super-realist” painter has been relieved of that foundational psychoanalytic catch: He is still fixated on his childhood. “I have been able to, as one person put it, ‘make friends with your unconscious life,’” says Morley, who was quite famously a child of neglect with a disregard for the system. But a stint as a petty thief, and then one in prison, straightened him out — though naturally, it was painting that truly saved him.

 

 

 


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