SuperSize artist Morgan Howell announces his biggest exhibition ever, running for three months in Manchester, England.
Highly acclaimed British pop artist Morgan, who hand-paints extraordinary 3-D renditions of 45RPM vinyl singles, will hang more than 30 pieces in the city’s ABC Gallery in Enterprise City at St. John’s from 28.th September 2022.
Morgan has previously exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry and a committee of other Royal Academics, at South By South West in Austin, Texas, in Los Angeles and Ireland.
Morgan will unveil a number of new works, including paintings of singles by The Cure, Thin Lizzy and The Rolling Stones. They will be paired with depictions of classics from The Clash, Nina Simone, Prince, Janet Kay, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan.
Visitors will also be able to view a quartet of newly excavated original paintings in public for the first time in a decade, including Brown Sugar by The Stones, She Loves You by The Beatles and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Space Oddity.
The artist will mark the release in October of a new book titled Morgan Howell 7 inch. It’s an updated version of the 2020 hit release Morgan Howell by 45RPM, published by Black Dog Press, and co-written with journalist Dominic Mohan. It features forewords by Sir Peter Blake and broadcaster Andrew Marr, with written commentaries by Lord Lloyd Webber, Johnny Marr, Sir David Jason, Dermot O’Leary and writers Ahdaf Soueif and the late Kay Mellor.
The exhibition runs until Christmas and will feature a series of events and Q&As celebrating Morgan’s works. ABC Gallery is operated by All work and socialand offers a prominent ground floor location in the eponymous 1960s mid-century ABC Buildings, a creative hub in the center of Manchester.
Morgan said: “I am very happy to announce my biggest exhibition to date. ABC Gallery is an incredible space in a breathtaking development. It’s a perfect fit.
“Manchester has given the world some of the most influential music ever produced and I’m proud to showcase my work to the amazing people of this city. It is a privilege to also launch our new book in Manchester. There will also be some surprises to look out for.
“There is a real buzz about the ABC Buildings and the surrounding Enterprise City development. I am proud to be one of the first artists to exhibit in the new space.”
Morgan‘s work has been collected by musicians Neil Diamond, Blur‘s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, composers Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Hans Zimmer, Ozzy Osbourne, The Kinks, actor Jude Law, Johnny Marr, Ian Brown from The Stone Roses and film director Edgar Wright.
Morgan‘s painting of The Beatles‘ The Capitol Records release of Yesterday was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2018. His works are hand-painted 3D objects on canvas and paper with a 27” vinyl record measuring 82cm square in its bespoke box frame.
Nathan Wrigglesworth, Events and Programming Manager at All work and social, said: “Manchester is a city steeped in musical history and heritage, and is the perfect city to host Morgan’s latest works. ABC Gallery offers a unique space for contemporary exhibitions and installations, so we are delighted to play home to Morgan and his latest artworks.