Michael Morgan with Ben Morgan
About the artist:
A retrospective of the works of the late Michael Morgan RI (1928 – 2014) and introducing the work of his grandson Ben Morgan.
This exhibition has drawn together over forty fine works by the late Dr Michael Morgan RI which reflect the evolution of his approach to interpreting landscape from the late 1980s through to his last solo show held at Marine House in 2012. They are also a major source of inspiration for Ben Morgan who is exhibiting for the first time, with a selection of his paintings alongside, and influenced by, the work of his grandfather.
Michael breathed new life and vigour into the watercolour medium. He was awarded the medal for the most outstanding work by a non-member at the annual RI exhibition in London in 1998 and in 2001 was elected to this small, prestigious body of artists.
Michael Morgan had the rare privilege of creating two distinguished careers for himself. Firstly in academia, initially in teaching, becoming Headmaster of Dartington Primary School in Devon and progressing to his role as principal and CEO of the Froebel Institute, (now the University of Roehampton). He retired from this role in 1985, but remained on boards of academic institutions in London and the USA.
He moved back to Devon and turned his attention to painting, which had always been a hobby. He became a founding academician of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in Exeter and chaired its board of trustees. He was President of the Honiton Arts Society and the new arts block at the senior school in Axminster, his local town, was named in his honour after him.
Ben Morgan, whose mother is Danish, was born in London, but grew up and lives in Devon. He is from an artistic family and has had a passion for art ever since a young boy. Ben graduated from Plymouth University with a BA (Hons) in Illustration in 2013. His style evolved from a “happy accident” that led to his hand painted paper collage. With a good instinct for colour combination, Ben creates big open spaces, which lead you into and around his work. He is inspired by the landscape around Europe and artists such as David Hockney and Eric Carle, but is especially influenced by his “Farfar” (grandfather) Michael Morgan.