(b London, 7 June 1931).
British painter, active mainly in the USA. In the 1960s he turned from abstract to figurative work and became one of the pioneers of Superrealism. From about 1970, however, his paintings became increasingly loose in handling, often depicting animals in lush landscapes. In 1984 he was the first winner of the Turner Prize, awarded for ‘the greatest contribution to art in Britain in the previous twelve months’, a decision that occasioned much controversy as Morley had been living in New York since 1958.