Glasgow International 2020

Victoria Morton

Victoria Morton (b. 1971 Glasgow) lives and works in London.

The works of Victoria Morton explore the possibilities of painting as both a psychological mode and a physical experience.  Playing with the nature of image construction and the physicality of perception, Morton constructs a “narrative of sensations” in which personal and historical references intersect. She describes her paintings as producing a “concertina effect”: space alternately dilates and collapses. Pictures begin to cohere out of threadlike lines and translucent planes – landscapes, windows, the shades of human bodies. Yet each canvas is equally an abstract open field, composed of layered and interlocking colour. Morton in this way captures the pure optical sensations which precede the formation of images in the mind. Each painting teeters on the threshold of a readable image, while never crossing into graspable figuration. Accordingly, the works are full of internal thresholds – floating diagonals, fragile gridlines – which run between their translucent pools and denser blocks of colour. Romantic overtones collide with more winsome touches. Morton has remarked: “I like the fact that sometimes the paintings hover on the borderline between kitsch and playfulness.”

Recent solo shows: ‘My Mother Was A Reeler’, Etro, London; ‘Spoken Yeahs From A Distance’, Sadie Coles HQ, London (all 2016); The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK Mouth Wave, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo (all 2014); ‘Il Capricorno’, Venice, Italy Tapestry (Radio On); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (MA), USA (all 2012);  ‘Her Guitars’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; UK Independent, New York (NY) Sadie Coles HQ, London (all 2011).

Recent group shows:The Appearance: Mark Lammert, Victoria Morton, Marc Mulders, Galerie Born Berlin, Berlin (all 2016); CONTINUUM, Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath, UK Devils in the Making, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK (all 2015); That Petrol Emotion, Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (all 2014).

Represented by Sadie Coles HQ & The Modern Institute.

Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré Present FOUNDATION PAINTING SHOW

Jedrzej Cichosz, Olga Cerkasova, Adrian Falkner, Michael Fullerton, Paula Henrike Herrmann, Jan Kiefer, Andrew Kerr, Mathis Gasser, Raphael Linsi, Sophie Mackfall, France-Lise McGurn, Victoria Morton, Alys Owen, Max Ruf, Justin Stephens, Mandy Ure, Anna Diehl


Instead of being hung on a gallery wall, the paintings in this accessible and playful exhibition are placed on sofas in the window of the British Heart Foundation shop on Stockwell Street. Each day, Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré will arrange a new configuration of three or four pieces by a host of international artists.

Placed on the sofas, the paintings project a hard-won casualness, a contorted scene set and there they sit, hiding in plain sight, quietly championing the relevance of a little bit of irreverence.

Supported by Glasgow International. With thanks to The British Heart Foundation.

Thu 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm
Sat, 9am-5pm
Sun, 11am-5pm

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