LONDON FEB 26 2019: SuperSize artist Morgan Howell is to exhibit his work in Austin, Texas, during the legendary South By South West music industry festival.
Hugely-acclaimed British pop artist Morgan, who hand paints extraordinary, giant 3-D interpretations of 45RPM vinyl singles, will hang his work in the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin from March 8-17. The show is entitled SuperSizeAustin.
Morgan recently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry and a committee of fellow Royal Academians, and also at the Q Awards, one of the most hedonistic dates on the rock calendar.
His SuperSize work has been invited for exhibition by the Department of International Trade and the British Music Partnership, alongside music acts, to showcase Britain’s global cultural influence across the arts.
The Embassy will play host to dozens of new and established bands over the ten-day music industry exposition. The BBC will also broadcast live from the British Music Embassy.
Morgan will be painting a series of works for the exhibition including huge facsimiles of singles by The Rolling Stones, The Specials and The Who.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to exhibit at the British Music Embassy. It is a real focal point of the festival and thousands of music fans will see my work. It will be a privilege to know my paintings will be hanging alongside the BBC stages and in front of many talented musicians.
“It has always been an ambition of mine to show my work in Austin- it’s where the world’s music industry comes together each year. It’s a perfect combination. I want to thank the British Music Partnership for making this happen.”
Morgan successfully exhibited at Mason’s Yard in London’s Mayfair last year. His work has been bought by collectors including musicians Neil Diamond, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, The Kinks, actor Jude Law, Johnny Marr, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses and film director Edgar Wright.
Morgan’s painting of The Beatles’ Capitol Records release of Yesterday was exhibited at the Royal Academy last year.
His pieces are hand-painted 3D objects on canvas and paper with a 27” vinyl disc measuring 82cm square in its bespoke box frame.
About Morgan Howell FRSA
Known for his giant, hand-painted 3-D facsimiles of classic paper sleeve 45s Morgan creates a one-off unique supersized painting of each single. The natural wear incurred by the treasured disc is duly rendered in paint, making for a desirable artwork and consciousness portal for vinyl junkie music heads everywhere. Howell’s attention to detail is fastidious, down to the authentically distressed and creased canvas that doubles as up-scaled paper sleeves and the tiny imperfections round the edges of the labels of the 27” vinyl records. He additionally offers prints and also takes commissions as long as the song hasn’t already been painted.
Howell’s original paintings are attracting a cult following among musicians and music industry moguls. His painting of David Bowie’s ‘The Jean Genie’ sits proudly on the wall at Sony Music, ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles was displayed at the iconic Capitol Building in L.A. and famous owners include Ozzy Osbourne, Hans Zimmer, Neil Diamond, Lord Lloyd Webber, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses, The Kinks Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Johnny Marr.
Examples of his work are a permanent feature of the Radio 2 Green Room alongside Elton John’s piano, and when the BBC interviewed The Rolling Stones in London’s Dorchester Hotel in the run up to their concerts at the 02 in November 2012, three of his supersize Rolling Stones singles formed the backdrop.
Howell’s passion has always been his art. In 2005, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and in 2010, he was shortlisted and received display notices at The Royal Academy.
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