Morley has expressed an innate interest in the subjects of the American Regionalist movement, such as rural life and their conscious rejection of European modernism, particularly drawing on the work of artists such as Edward Hopper and Grant Wood. In his paintings Morley reflects his own interest in regional history in the form of an emotional response, rejecting the notion that abstract painting should be emptied of reference to reality or narrative.

Text by Gemma de Cruz

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