Born in 1960 in Derry~Londonderry, where he continues to live and work, Locky Morris rose to prominence in the 1980s with works such as Town, Country and People (1985-86) and An Bhearna Bhaoil – Gap of Danger (1988) which used the language of international art to comment on the local realities of life during the conflict here.
Curated by Feargal O’Malley, Independent Curator and Dr Riann Coulter, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, once a day every day all day long focuses on art primarily made in the period since 2010 and reflects the transition in Morris’s practice from more explicitly political subjects to work who’s genesis is often the personal, familial or everyday life. This shift references changes in his circumstances and also the transformed landscape of post-conflict Northern Ireland.
Morris is a master at finding beauty in the quotidian details of life and he has created unexpected and often humorous art out of his everyday experiences. His work places an emphasis on ways of seeing and acute observation and is often triggered by the seemingly insignificant, the small or absurd. This combination of humour and attention to the surreal qualities of ordinary things underlies his diverse practice and is the secret to the success of his Instagram account especiallyeverything. The images he posts daily constitute a parallel practice and have brought his work to a new audience.
Locky Morris has exhibited extensively from the mid-1980s both regionally and internationally. Recent exhibitions have included a large-scale installation at IMMA, Dublin, as part of Eva International and a solo show at the Naughton Gallery at Queens, Belfast. Past solo projects include Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, and Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany. His work has appeared in significant group shows in Pittsburgh, New York, Belgrade, Prague and Salzburg.