Michael Morgan West Country Artist
8 October, 2017
8 October, 2017
We are honoured to be working closely with the family of the late Michael Morgan to bring forward a series of brilliant limited edition prints. Michael Morgan (1928-2014) was a renowned West Country artist who enjoyed two distinguished careers firstly in academia and latterly as an artist whose ground-breaking style is widely considered to have added new life to the watercolour medium and subsequently influenced and guided many young artists.
Michael Morgan produced moving new interpretations of lonely and beautiful places which imbue a sense of escapism which surely strikes a chord with many in our fast moving and pressured world.
His family fondly recall his frequent refrain “when I retire I’m going to paint”. From childhood, he always enjoyed painting, but he fulfilled his family promise to become an artist after 1985. A prime source of inspiration was the works of the late John Blockley, a noted Cotswold-based artist, who with his painting partner Moira Huntly, regularly organised painting weeks for artist friends who included Martin Procter, Malcolm Edwards, Norma Stephenson and Gillian McDonald.
Favoured locations for these trips were usually upland settings such as Snowdonia, the North York Moors and Pembrokeshire, all locations which have inspired Michael with his recurring themes of isolation and escapism which were to form core ingredients in his paintings. From relatively straightforward watercolours, he evolved a unique genre, painting small but visually powerful paintings. These finely crafted paintings usually consisted of lonely buildings in isolated settings. No animate object was allowed to intrude.
In 1998 Michael won the medal for most outstanding submission by a non-member at the Spring Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours shortly followed by his selection as a member of the RI. We have one of the largest online selections of Michael’s work which is set to grow over the coming year.
Click below to visit Michael Morgan’s artist page and to view all available limited edition prints.
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