Ally MortonMy paintings explore a satirical world inhabited by animals and fantastical creatures staged in dark, chimerical landscapes like Goya's Black Paintings, Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and the work of Odilon Redon.
I am inspired by the imaginary and spontaneous nature of painting, and how symbolism has changed over time to take on a new life in a contemporary context. I take influence from magic realism, mythology, the grotesque, the macabre, fables, fairytales, folklore, film, news clippings, video games, lyrics and internet images.
I am facinated with painting as a medium and feel that despite its long histroy, it still has an important place in contemporary art. It is not a 'dead language'
'The sleeper/Alchemy' joint exhibition with Huw Dampney, Moving Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
'Artworks open 2010', Barbican Arts Group Trust, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London.
'Art just got interesting', Empty Shop, Durham.
Newcastle Artists Society Christmas Show, Richard Ling Gallery, Gosforth, Newcastle.
Laugh! I nearly bought one part II, Richard Ling Gallery, Gosforth, Newcastle.
Free Range graduate art and design shows, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.
Visual arts degree show, Squires Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Newcastle Building Society, Cobalt Park, Newcastle.
Yes we can, 51a Lime Street, Newcastle.
Projects and collaborations
Producing digital artwork for 'Diablo 66' c.d.
allymorton.com - ongoing project
Construction for 'Enchanted Parks' project commissioned by N.G.I. Saltwell Park, Gateshead.
'Shadowhouse', 'Glow Festival', Installation assistant Saltwell Park Gateshead.