Meeting renowned portrait painter Howard J Morgan was a pleasure and an honour. His stunning and unique works grace the walls esteemed galleries and high-society collections in all four corners of the globe. Perhaps most famous as a Royal portrait painter who has painted three Queen’s in his lifetime, Morgan also paints fabulous and glittering party scenes which I love, and I also recently discovered his shoe portraiture series which is completely fascinating.
The use of paint in thick and emotive brush strokes, gives each portrait a feeling of vibrancy and movement, while his uncanny and yet so subtle way of communicating his subject’s character and personality gives life to every workdespite all paintings being done from sittings.
Morganalso gives a great deal of importance to his frames, which he individually makes to work with each piece.
You have a large volume of work but I particularly like your fashion pictures such as the ladies in the amazing shoes.What made you paint this subject? It is rather unusual for a portrait painter!
It came in a dream as many of my paintings do! I then realised it could be a wonderful device for an ongoing, never ending series of paintings. The possibilities are endless with the wonderful shoe designs that are all around.
How would you go about starting this sort of painting?
Choose the shoe! Then choose some legs to look beautiful in them! I love to hunt for that special shoe that would make for a dramatic image. They always come to me on sight and then the idea immediately takes form.
"Ah, when my Julie goes, oh what liquefaction of her clothes". Herrick.
I understand you make your own paint?
The pigments are hand ground on ground glass with cold pressed linseed oil. The dry salters are called Cornelissen in London. I also have a stock of white lead which I have had for many years with which to make white lead. The paint is then put into tubes.
Where would you recommend someone to go for dinner in London?
Definitely 5 Hertford Street!
Howard J Morgan is showing in Brussels till the 01st June with IDH - ' At Home with Art' by Fleur Rossdale
Photographs courtesy of Howard J Morgan