Born in Wales in 1949, Howard Morgan is renowned for his portrait and landscape paintings. The son of a lay preacher, Morgan specialised in painting and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1986. In the 1980s, Morgan was commissioned to paint the portraits of three queens: Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother and Queen Beatrix of Netherlands. Many of Morgan’s portraits are held in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, including those of Francis Crick, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Paul Maurice Dirac and Herbert Normal Howells. Throughout his illustrious career, Morgan has exhibited his work extensively in galleries such as The Eaton Gallery, Richmond Gallery, Anthony Mould Gallery and Cadogan Contemporary Watercolours. Morgan’s self-portrait as Winston Churchill, Moi et Ma Churchill (2015) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2015.
While best known for his portraits, Morgan was also a master of both highly-detailed narrative painting and the conversational painting. Morgan took great inspiration from the work of Velazquez, Hals, Vermeer, Tiepolo and Sargent. In 1995, art critic, William Packer said of Morgan: ‘As painter, he is nothing if not brave. To take on first the portrait on the grand scale, and then the full-blown conversation piece is to set oneself not merely against the standards of one’s contemporaries, but against the masters in the great tradition… His ability to express such profound inhumanity with such economy, alone ensures that Howard J. Morgan will be acknowledged as one of the masters of the 20th century.’