Michael Morgan RI is recognised as one of the
country’s most innovative and popular painters in
watercolour and his works are held in public and
private collections worldwide. All his exhibitions
result in sell-out shows and two previous books
Michael Morgan RI and 80@80 have sold in their
The impetus behind publishing this book was the
artist’s discovery of a number of ‘lost’ paintings, or
rather long-forgotten boxes of slides and photographs
of his early works that provide a visual starting point
on a journey across several decades.
The book’s title
‘The Road Less Travelled’ embodies the journey taken
by Michael and reflects on the leitmotiv of many of
his paintings: the pathway that leads us into the picture,
and into the artist’s imaginings. This road is not merely
a compositional device, it is an augury which draws
from us a sense of journeying, an impulse to follow
the path into the unknown, a desire for learning and
As the art critic Andrew Hoellering puts it:
‘For Morgan there are no certainties, only mysteries,
and unknowingly we are immersed in the starkest
beauty; a proposition so self-evident that it is everywhere
understated in his work. What the viewer is
witnessing is the familiar, but in a changed guise. We
know, yet we do not know, this terrain. It is both real
Here, through its introductory essay
and the inclusion of over 150 paintings and sketches,
many of them never before published, the reader is
invited to explore and interpret these imagined landscapes,
better to appreciate the artist and his work.
Widely recognised as someone who has taken his
chosen medium a step beyond where many of his
contemporaries have feared to tread, The Road Less
Travelled provides the reader with a fascinating study
of the artist’s aspirations, his influences, and the
challenges he has faced on his extraordinary journey.
Michael Morgan is a member of the
prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in
Watercolours and a founding Academician
of the South West Academy of Fine and
Applied Arts. He holds the Royal Institute’s
Medal for his outstanding work and
was additionally awarded their Rowland
Hilder Landscape prize in 2001.
He has based his approach to picture
making on Goethe’s simple advice that the
art of painting is to see beyond the everyday
familiar vision of things. This he has
done with astonishing success.
shows annually at the RI in London and at
the South West Academy in Exeter. He is
represented by Marine House at Beer and
every one of his solo exhibitions, held
there since 1998, has been a sell out; a
remarkable feat by any standards.
His work is in private collections
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 38 0, hardback, 260x270mm, 176 pages. Published March 2013.