The Hidden Place

September 18, 2008

Howard J. Morgan

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 1:25 pm
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Howard J Morgan is often called a portrait painter, being a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and having completed commissions of numerous noteworthy figures.  However, his work is a great deal more varied than the title might suggest, and even his portrait work has the appearence of the artist painting a person that interests him, rather than creating a happy likeness on demand.

A certain adeptness in the way he controls thick juicy wiggles of paint to create clear lively forms makes one think of something between Hals, Sargent and De Laszlo but with such a contemporary spirit.  Images of parties, hippies, beaches and strange semi-magical scenes make up much of his work

Unfortunately his website is woefully inadequate if one wants to look at images of his work bigger than a credit card, so one has to search around the web.  Really though, seeing his work ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, is the only decent way to see his work. Smallish exhibitions happen occasionally, and his work crops up in group exhibitions every now and then.

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