Katy Moran / Recent Paintings
Jan 11 – Feb 19, 2020

Katy Moran, still life with nothing, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Modern Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Katy Moran. This is Moran’s fifth solo show with Modern Art and opens during Condo weekend in London.

The abstraction of Moran’s paintings exists in a unique place wherein pictorial allusion and material obduracy find peaceful accord. In each work, Moran’s finely tuned techniques conjure scenes that can sometimes be suggestive of landscape, still life or portraiture while exploring color, composition and gesture. Her titles, similarly, are at times literal, random, and autobiographical, almost moving freely with the gestures in each painting. Certain works have titles relation to their source inspiration such as Bust, while others are named with spare, intimate, and often playful musings which relate to the imagery that come to light in the work, such as cloud face (2019), or still life with nothing (2019).

 

Katy Moran, Panthera, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, cloud face, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Magritte Mornings 6, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran. Hare with white eyes, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Magritte mornings 4, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Magritte mornings 3, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Wish YOU were here, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Recently described as an ​“abstract painter of figurative mood,” Moran enlists a wide scope of mark-making to conjure different atmospheres in each painting. In this latest body of work, every chosen surface is readymade including found framed paintings. She works her own brushstrokes over these supports, sometimes leaving fragments of the original layer to show through, at other times obscuring it entirely. As Moran produced this body of work over the course of the last year following a move to the countryside, the paintings too seem to move with the seasons. Abstract marks begin to take on pictorial elements of still-life arrangements or landscapes, and the color palette, dominated by earthy greys and piercing blues, registers the seasonal changes.

 

Katy Moran, Bust, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Bust 3, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Mickey Mouse Moran, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Magritte mornings 5, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran, Head to the sky, 2019, Photo: Ben Westoby. © the artist. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Katy Moran lives and works in Hertfordshire. She was born in Manchester in 1975 and completed an MA Fine Art in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2005. Katy Moran’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater, New York (2019); Parasol Unit for Contemporary Art, London (2015); the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, U.S.A. (2010); Tate St Ives, St Ives (2009); and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (2008). Her work has been included in the recent exhibitions Painter Painter, Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis (2013); Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from the SFMOMA Collection, San Francisco, (2012); and Art Now: Strange Solution, Tate Britain, London (2008).

 

Katy Moran / Recent Paintings
January 11 – February 19, 2020 / Modern Art, London
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