Richard Morgan


Richard Morgan was born in 1942, and spent his early years in the East End of London. In the late nineteen fifties he received his initial training as an illustrator while working, as what was known then as a commercial artist, in those pre-digital days when the term ‘graphic artist’ was waiting to be spun.In 1966, in search of his “Paradise Lost” (initially found in the Kentish hop gardens as a child) he moved to Suffolk and like many before him was seduced by its reserved charms. And now forty-four years on, and with teeth sixty-eight years long he can still be found working away in some quiet corner of his adopted paradise.

Shortly after his arrival in Suffolk he discovered the work of Samuel Palmer, George Richmond, and of course William Blake. But it was the Shoreham visions of Palmer that transported him back to his first Kentish paradise and then in turn helped him to build a continuing vision drawn from his beloved Suffolk. In 1972, Richard Morgan learnt of the Baha’i Faith from sculptor Matthew Frere-Smith and the profound vision of unity enshrined within its ideals have further guided him toward a deeper connection between his art and the landscape. At that time Matthew wrote of Richard’s work,
Richard Morgan finds his inspiration in communion with the Suffolk landscape. He paints in the tradition of the English mystical romantics, except that his works are drawn rather than painted. They are built up of linear marks rather than broad strokes of a brush. Hidden beneath the familiar pastoral imagery is the true promise of calligraphy of another order in which the meaning may be sought. The growth of the forms developed in his meticulous mark making process is the factor that which will distinguish these works as creative statements as apart from pictorial comments. They are intimate portrayals of a private world, more like pages of a book than easel paintings, and at the opposite end of the spectrum to the transatlantic super-scale”
He has held one man shows at The Arts Centre, Lowestoft; Reades Gallery, Aldeburgh; Deben Gallery, Woodbridge; Magdalene St Gallery, Cambridge; Pottergate Gallery, Norwich; Manor Gallery, Royston; Buxton Mill Gallery, Norfolk; McMurray Gallery, S.W.1; David Potter Gallery, Dorchester; Chiltern Gallery W.1.