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GLYN MORGAN

“Behind the Landscape” oils and collages 21st June to 13th July, 2014

EXTENDED HOURS FOR THE DURATION OF THE EXHIBITION:
OPEN EVERY DAY 10AM TO 5PM

All works for sale - Below is a selection from the exhibition

Where enquiries of prices are made on the gallery, the work is subject to availability and the price to change.Glyn Morgan

Landscape with Mushrooms II, oil on canvas, 2014, 56 x 92cm


Dramatic Landscape
oil on canvas, 2010
61 x 77 cms
SOLD

Dryad I
collage, 2013
53 x 36 cms

Dryad II
collage, 2013
53 x 36 cms

God of Winter Plants
oil on canvas, 1965
128 x 102 cms

Landscape with Mushrooms I
oil on canvas, 2014
81 x 92 cms

Landscape I
collage, 2012
35 x 51 cms
SOLD

Landscape with Mushrooms II
oil on canvas, 2014
56 x 92 cms

Landscape with White Flower
oil on canvas, 2013
102 x 117 cm


Landscape II
collage, 2012
35 x 51 cms


Landscape III
collage, 2012
35 x 51 cms


Landscape IV
collage, 2011
35 x 51 cms

Landscape V
collage, 2013
35 x 52 cms

Landscape, Early Spring
oil on canvas, 2007
81 x 92 cms

Landscape with dark mushroom
oil on canvas, 2010
51 x 77 cms


Landscape with a white bird I
oil on canvas, 2010
102 x 127 cms

Landscape with Four Birds
oil on canvas, 2014
51 x 77 cms
SOLD

Landscape with green moth
oil on canvas, 2007
71 x 92 cms

Landscape with nesting birds
oil on canvas, 2007
102 x 116 cms

Landscape with White Bird II
oil on canvas, 2012
91 x 122 cms

Song of the Earth X
oil on canvas, 2004
165 x 152 cms

Blodeuwedd Landscape
Oil on canvas, 2006
91 x 122 cm

Landscape with an Owl
Oil on canvas, 2007
71 x 91cm

Landscape Motif II
Collage, 2006
15 x 23cm

Landscape Motif IV
Collage, 2006
15 x 23cm

Landscape Motif VIII
Collage, 2004
23 x 36cm

Green Man
collage, 1996
26 x 34 cms
SOLD

Green Man in the Stream
oil on canvas, 1996
40 x 66 cms

Aphrodite Resting on the Shore
oil on canvas, 1968
50 x 76 cms

Landscape Symphony V
collage, 2009
10 x 50 cms

Landscape Symphony IV
collage, 2009
14 x 54 cms

Landscape Symphony VIII
collage, 2010
16 x 50 cms
SOLD

Landscape Symphony IX
collage, 2010
15 x 50 cms
SOLD
   

THIS BEING OUR FIRST EXHIBITION IN FOUR YEARS OUTSIDE OF OUR RESIDENT ARTIST, WLADYSLAW MIRECKI, WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO BE SHOWING 30 WORKS BY THE ARTIST GLYN MORGAN.

IN 2010 WE HAD TO HALT OUR ROLLING PROGRAMME OF TWELVE CHANGING EXHIBITIONS A YEAR WHICH WE HAD RUN FOR TWENTY FOUR YEARS.  WE REGRETTED THAT GLYN MORGAN WAS THE NEXT EXHIBITION ON THAT YEAR’S CALENDAR AND IT WAS CANCELLED AT VERY SHORT NOTICE.  GLYN WAS VERY UNDERSTANDING AND IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION TO HOLD AN EXHIBITION WHICH WILL INCLUDE SOME WORKS FROM THAT PERIOD (AND BEFORE) AND NEW WORK COMPLETED SINCE.

GLYN MORGAN   

In conversation with Glyn Morgan, artist, very soon one is aware that the guiding passion for his artistic life in the past and for always was his time at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing run by Cedric Morris and Lett Haines.  It was 1943 in Pontypridd that they met, Glyn a young student at the Art School, Cardiff and Cedric was selecting work at an exhibition; Glyn was immediately invited to spend time with him in East Anglia.   Fostered by the heady bohemian atmosphere of this school (and home), arriving from Wales, Glyn shared a special place there from 1944 for 38 years.

With a background of London and Paris the sophisticates Cedric and Lett ran a rather informal school (and home).  Set up in sleepy Suffolk of all places first in Dedham 1937 then, after a fire which destroyed the original school, at Benton End, Hadleigh by the end of 1939.  It was a unique affair that led artists to make their own unique way, some into the 21st century, like Lucien Freud, Maggie Hambling, and of course Glyn Morgan.  Perhaps Morris’ greatest gift to Morgan was making him aware of their shared affinity for colour.

Glyn Morgan’s early influence in Wales from the inspired artist Ceri Richards produced a life-long indebtedness and adherence to drawing (from 1988-1998 he was a member of the Society of Botanical Artists); paintings in oil are often further built up in thick paint, sometimes with sand and fluff from the spin dryer to achieve the texture he desires and collages are intricate in mixed media.  During our conversions he talks with wry humour about his Welsh origins, however, just look at his painting, it is full of romance for his home ground.

Immersed in the artistic atmosphere of Suffolk, Glyn and his wife Jean made lasting friendships with Ronald Blythe, author and Michael Chase (1915-2001), Director of The Minories 1966 to 1974 and his wife Valerie Thornton (1931-1991) who were also connected with Cedric Morris.  Haines died in 1978 and Morris in 1982, Glyn staying on for a year after at Benton End with only the company of Millie, the housekeeper.  Morgan continued his distinguished career including significant exhibitions in London, England and Wales, achieving in 2006 a large retrospective at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; always pursuing his fascination for making rich visionary paintings, he follows in the tradition of those legendary artists such as Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash and Samuel Palmer. 

Glyn Morgan is 88 this year, however this exhibition is not a retrospective. We have not dwelt on showing his progression through still life and portrait paintings of the 1940’s and 50’s, perhaps initial influences from Cedric; we have included some works from the many series of mythology which has for a large part preoccupied Morgan see for instance “God of Winter Plants” oil 1969 (back cover) and more recently “Dryad I” and “Dryad II” collages 2013; the abstract qualities (possibly a legacy of Lett’s own concerns) are also seen to great effect in “Song of the Earth X” oil 2004 as part of a journey into mystical cosmic landscapes, exhibited at Chappel Galleries in that year. 

This exhibition is about celebrating Morgan’s continuing painting right up into 2014, see “Landscape with Mushrooms II” (front cover) – such a bold example! Here we show his abiding love for the landscape and its intrigues and spirits in the trees, flowers, birds;  the paint and colour create their own tales and although not particular to place, in the distance always those round topped Welsh mountains.

Edna Battye 25.4.14.

 

GLYN MORGAN


EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1969

1969
Drian Galleries, London
1971
The Minories, Colchester
1973
Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburghn
1974
Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex
1978
Gilbert-Parr Gallery, London
1980
Gilbert-Parr Gallery, London
1981
The Minories, Colchester (Retrospective)
1982, 83
Alwin Gallery London
1985
Archway Gallery, Houston, Texas
1986
Taliesin Arts Centre, University of Swansea (Retrospective)
1990
Quay Gallery, Sudbury, Suffolk
1991
Chappel Galleries, Essex: Portraits of Gaia and Other Paintings
1994
Chappel Galleries, Essex: Master and Pupil, Cedric Morris and Glyn Morgan
1995
Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge: Glyn Morgan. A Fifty Year Retrospective.
1996
Chappel Galleries, Essex: “The Green Man”, 70th birthday celebration, Oriel Llundain, London, Glyn Morgan – Fifty Years
1997
Glyn Morgan – Fifty Years, Rhondda Heritage Park Y Tabernacl (Museum of Modern Art, Wales) Retrospective
1998
Chappel Galleries, Essex: The Observant Eye: Botanical and Other Watercolours Brecknock Museum & Gallery, Brecon (Retrospective).
John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
2001
Chappel Galleries, Essex
2004
Chappel Galleries, Essex: 75th Anniversary Exhibition The Song of the Earth.
Selected Paintings, Martin Tinney Galery, Cardiff.
2006
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth: Retrospective
Chappel Galleries, Essex: Retrospective 80th
2010
Duncan Campbell Fine Art, London
Gallery 47, Sudbury
2011
Andrew D’Arcy Fine Art
2014
Chappel Galleries, Essex 'Behind the Landscape'

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (excluding local exhibitions)
 
1952
Edinburgh Festival
1955
Contemporary Welsh Painting and Sculpture, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
1956
Festival of Wales
1962
Leicester Galleries, London
1968
Canaletto Gallery, London
1969
Recording Wales (Welsh Arts Council)
1970
John Whibley Gallery, London
1975
Alwin Gallery, London
1976
Gilbert-Parr Gallery, London
Oriel, Cardiff (Welsh Arts Council)
1978
The Oxford Gallery
1986
Invited Artists Exhibition, Oriel, Cardiff (Welsh Arts Council)
1987
Royal Academy, London
1988
Royal Academy, London
Manchester Academy of Fine Art, Open Exhibition
Royal Horticultural Society, London
Society of Botanical Artists, London
Royal Society of Marine Artists, London
1989
Society of Botanical Artists, London
Four Painters and a Sculptor from Benton
End, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery
Art Expo, New York
Royal Horticultural Society
1990
The Broad Horizon, Agnews, London
(National Trust)
Society of Botanical Artists, London
1991
Society of Botanical Artists, London
1992
Hallam Gallery, London
1993
Woburn Festival, High Wycombe
1995
Welsh Contemporaries, Oriel Llundain, London
1996
Colchester Art Society – Fifty Years, Chappel Galleries, Essex
1996
Aldeburgh Festival Society of Botanical Artists, London
1999
Fifty Years of the Welsh Group, National Gallery, London
2002, 03
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery touring to National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff: “Cedric Morris and Lett Haines;
Teaching, Art and Life; with David Carr, Lucian Freud, Maggi Hambling, Lucy Harwood, Frances Hodgkins, Glyn Morgan
2014
Sally Hunter, Medici Gallery, London
 
COLLECTIONS

Derbyshire, Monmouthshire, Oxford and West Riding Education Committees, Auckland and Brisbane City Art Galleries, Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Arts Council for Wales, the Crane Kalman Gallery, the Wertheim Collection, Ipswich Museum and Art Gallery, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon Museum and Art Gallery, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea, and National Library of Wales (Gifts of the Arts Council for Wales); University of Essex: ‘Portrait of Ronald Blythe’ 2002 and private collections in Britain, France, Italy, Germany, China and the U.S.A.
 
1942-44
Art School Cardiff
1947-48
Art School Camberwell
1951
Working in Paris
1955
Cheltenham Hotel mural commission
1968
Goldsmiths’ Company Fellowship to work and study in Crete
1972
Lecturing during summer at Aegina Art Centre, Greece
1985
Organised and presented “The Benton End Circle”, an exhibition of more than 40 years’ work by students of Cedric Morris and Lett-Haines at Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery
1988-89
Member of the Society of Botanical Artists
2002
Cedric Morris Anniversary Lecture, Glynn Vivian Museum, Swansea
2002, 03
Lectures on Cedric Morris at various venues, including Norwich Castle and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
   

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
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