Morgan had never picked up a paintbrush, or used oil paint until a chance visit to the National Portrait Gallery during a heavy storm aged 28 with his Wife. Morgan was transfixed by a painting while they were waiting for the torrential rain to subside, Morgan knew at that very moment that he wanted to be a Portrait Painter.
His first attempts at mixing colour were very frustrating and just produced huge mounds of muddy coloured mess. So Morgan went to the library, and read every painting book he could get his hands on to work out why he was getting it wrong. After a steep learning curve and lots of trial and error, everything fell into place when he used the three colour process. By using Ultramarine blue, Yellow Lake and Alizarin Crimson with titanium white, Morgan’s paintings were transformed from subdued compositions to balanced vibrant and colourful paintings. When he started using Michael Harding Paints, the difference in chromatic intensity and luminosity was immediate! Morgan now only uses Michael Harding Paints.
Morgan started getting exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and was a winning artist on the BBCs flagship art programme Star Portraits. The BBC then asked him to present four short documentaries about Portrait Painting for their BBC Blast website. His portrait of Katy baking a cake is featured in the National Portrait Galleries ‘500 Portraits’ book. Morgan is regularly featured in art magazines such as ‘Artist & Illustrators’ and ‘The Artist’.
Morgan’s new collection is the Canning Town Steel Collection; a series of portraits of Canning Town entrepreneurs
Morgans other portraits include: