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George Morl ‘Precious Boys’

Location: Beecroft14 July 2017 - 08 September 2018

'No girl would kiss you, but then no girls would ever kiss the earth. In the manner they hug the lips of men: You are not known to them in this, your second birth' Harold Monro, Youth in Ars IV:Carrion


George Morl is an emerging 'orange boy' from South Essex, who uses both industrial and domestic materials to create his work. Morl's work explores our varying modes of affection, our personal interpretation of it, and how we are limited by and understand affection. Utilising products such as coffee, sugar, latex, fat solutions, and cleaning products, Morl explores a multitude of themes including sexuality, body image, gender identity and the consequences of violence.

Exploring and assessing the vulnerabilities of young men, Morl reveals how body image and sexuality are entwined with the masculine nature of 'performance', particularly within Southend and Basildon. Displayed with works from Southend Museum's Art collection, this show investigates the representation of men within the historical canon of art, examining how social concepts of masculinity have manifested.

Precious Boys acts as a testament to the emotional stability of adolescent men, as a voice for our isolated and lonely men in which they are free to expose their vulnerable selves.


George Morl – Guest Blog

We have commissioned artist George Morl to write a series of blog posts about his work. Morl’s writings confront sexuality, gender identity and the search for affection, all themes and experiences that have shaped him as an artist.


His writings provide an essential companion to the exhibition and examine in depth the influences behind ‘Precious Boys’

Orange Boy 

Disposition of Youth 

Precious Boys


Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Adult and Community Services Department, Southend on Sea, Essex Borough Council