Ross Morgan

Ross Morgan

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

About Ross Morgan

The quiet whimsical world I explored as a boy is the world that appears on canvas. A contemporary surrealist painter and illustrator from Adelaide, South Australia, I feel inspired to construct synthetic moments in time that ‘could almost‘ exist. A subtle dreamlike world, reflective of everyday relationships, geometry and gestures.

From an early age growing up in the mid–north of South Australia, I consistently enjoyed exploring the rural environment filled with creatures, abandoned structures, machinery and objects of yesteryear. I also practiced drawing, painting, and arts and crafts projects encouraged by my mother at the kitchen table. 

Specialising in portraiture, fine art and illustration, I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2000. Since then I have has been exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions, art prizes and running an independent studio and exhibition space in the heart of Adelaide CBD.

Like a small narrative I explore my work as a ‘series at a time’ and focus on creating a number of personal artworks for solo exhibitions. I have also recently completed a series of commercial commission projects for film, corporate events, and international art collectors.

I love to observe and experiment with perspective, subtle gestures and facial expressions. I am inspired by the symbolic juxtaposition of objects and creatures and how they respond and adapt to the ever-changing environment.

Influences: 
I am fascinated by The Surrealists, Children's Book Illustrators, Figurative and Narrative Realist Painters and Academic Drawing Techniques.
Key influential artists include: Jeffrey Smart, Anna Platten, Hugh Ramsay, George W Lambert, Norman Rockwell, M.C Escher, Graeme Base and Shaun Tan.

2015 - Winner, John Shaw Neilson Aquisitive Art Prize
2014 - Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2012 - Finalist, The Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize, SALA festival
2011 - Finalist, The Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize, SALA festival
2011 - Live Art Performance, Netball SA Gala Night, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
2010 - Winner, People’s Choice Award, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
2010 - Winner, Best Abstract Expression, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
2005 - Winner, Packers Pick, Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery
2005 - Finalist, Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery
2005 - Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize
2003 - Winner, Emerging young artist award “Christianity an Australian Perspective” exhibition Port Pirie regional art gallery

Education

Bachelor of Visual Arts - University of South Australia

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2016 “The Companion” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2016 "The Architect" Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia
2015 "The Little One" Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia
2015 “The Diver, The Chicken and The Fox” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2015 “Gala Opening Night” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2014 “Big and Little” Greg Cooley Wines, Clare Valley South Australia (SALA Festival)
2014 “Open Studio” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2014 “The Red Book” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (Adelaide Fringe Festival)
2014 “Home” Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, South Australia
2013 “Collect” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2013 “Box Of Wonders” Jamestown, South Australia (Bundaleer Festival)
2013 “Diary of Illusions” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (Adelaide Fringe Festival)
2012 “Altitude” Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2011 “Toys” The Hotel Metropolitan, Adelaide, South Australia
2011 “Learning to Fly” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia (SALA festival)
2011 “Diary of Illusions” Jamestown, South Australia (Bundaleer Festival)
2009 “SURREAL the world is” Jamestown, South Australia (Bundaleer Festival)
2007 “Ross Morgan 2007 Collection” Premier Art Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
2007 “Storyboards from the Surreal” Jamestown, South Australia, (Bundaleer Festival)
2005 “Twenty-five” Belalie Art Gallery, Jamestown, South Australia (SALA festival)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2015 "Home" Pembroke School, Kensington Park, South Australia
2015 “Lions Club of Glenside Art Show” Burnside, South Australia
2015 “Campbelltown Art Show” Campbelltown, South Australia
2015 “John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize” Penola, South Australia
2015 “Wonder Walls Festival” Port Adelaide, South Australia
2014 “MR. IST” Adelaide, South Australia
2013 “Miniature” Pembroke School, Kensington Park, South Australia
2012 "Adelaide Cathedral Art Show" St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia
2012 “White” Pembroke School, Kensington Park, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2011 “Adelaide Cathedral Art Show” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide South Australia
2011 “Art For All” Artistic License Gallery, North Adelaide, South Australia
2010 “Adelaide Cathedral Art Show” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia
2009 “Adelaide Cathedral Art Show” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia
2009 “Real, Surreal, Still and Incredible” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2008 “Adelaide Cathedral Art Show” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide South Australia
2008 “Open Studios” Ripple Studios, Port Adelaide, South Australia
2008 “Loreto Spring Art Exhibition” Loreto College, Marryatville, South Australia
2008 “Organic Matter” Premier Art Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
2007 “Creative Forces” Artistic License Gallery & Studio, North Adelaide, South Australia
2007 “Adelaide Cathedral Art Show” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia
2007 “Star Portrait” portrait of Jane Doyle, Loreto College, South Australia
2007 “Loreto Spring Art Exhibition” Loreto College, South Australia
2007 “Christianity an Australian Perspective” Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, South Australia
2006 “World Vision Art Auction” Artistic License Gallery & Studio, North Adelaide, South Australia
2006 “Adelaide Cathedral Art Show” St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, South Australia
2006 “Contemporary Creatives” Artistic License Gallery & Studio, North Adelaide, South Australia (SALA Festival)
2006 “ONE” Pembroke School exhibition, a celebration of established and emerging artists, Torrens Parade Grounds, Adelaide, South Australia