Artist Malcolm Morley based this image on newspaper photographs of the 2001 Nascar crash that killed racing great Dale Earnhardt.



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Malcolm Morley (British, 1931–2018) was a pioneer of photo realism during the mid 1960's. A pile of locomotive trains, athletes, battle scenes, and airplanes consistently line Morley's portfolio. His choice of subject matter and his dense, gleaming, and catastrophic aesthetic, is attributed to childhood fixations of war he developed in the midst of World War II. Arts critic Robert Hughes once called Morley, "The last wild man of modern art", after he assaulted one of his own paintings in an auction house, with a paint loaded squirt gun. While later living in New York, he began making Photorealist paintings after befriending Pop Art icons Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Throughout his career, Morley’s work has retained a common thread of subject matter: aviation, automobiles, locomotion, and watercraft. A significant influence in 20th-century painting, he was the recipient of the 1984 Turner Prize, and held a teaching position at the School of Visual Arts from 1970 to 1974. His work is represented in numerous institutions, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Death of Dale Earnhardt B, 2005
30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
70 of 150
Signed and numbered on recto
Estimate $2,000
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Death of Dale Earnhardt B
  • Dimensions
    30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)