1966 · United States
Ivan Morley’s newest embroidered "painting" depicts colorful, cacophonous abstraction in a surface rendered entirely in colored thread. The composition emulates the immediacy of gestural painting and all of its drips, blends and haphazard marks but is produced entirely through carefully sewn swaths of color.
Throughout his career, Morley has successfully translated the language of painting to other materially decadent mediums. His technical mastery extends past embroidery to other traditional crafts such as glass painting and tooled leather. Morley often incorporates California and Los Angeles history as subject matter and muse. Anecdotes, tall tales and art history, such as Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock’s respective interests in Mexican muralism, have inspired the iconography and aesthetic of recent work.
Morley’s work has been shown at LAMoCA, the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and the Kunstsammlung Nordheim-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. Morley attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.