The Late Michael Morgan
2 June 1928 – 3 February 2014
BACKGROUND AND TECHNIQUE
Michael Morgan was an artist whose innovative style injected new life into the watercolour medium. Influenced by the renowned Cotswold artist John Blockley RI. Michael himself became a source of creative inspiration for many younger artists. Through his chosen gallery, Marine House at Beer, he remained the most in demand artist in the seventeen years of our friendship and partnership and his work is still enormously popular.
Michael Morgan has had two highly successful careers. Firstly in academia where he became the Principal of the Froebel Institute and founding trustee of the American University in London. Secondly he turned his attention to his early love of painting. Working with watercolours he produced small but powerful studies of isolated landscapes mostly in Britain, but also in Tuscany. His work is defined by remote finely observed buildings set in a backdrop of hill and sky with an intensely worked foreground drawing the eye to a distant structure all depicted with complex tonality and colour and inventive structure.
Michael’s work caught the art world’s imagination. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and was a founding academician of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc). Marine House remains the centre for his work where we offer paintings reacquired from collectors as well as producing limited edition prints of some of this best loved paintings. A book called “The Road Less Travelled” is available celebrating his life and work. Please contact the gallery if you would like to discuss paintings currently in stock or if you are interested in reselling an original Michael Morgan