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Morgan was born in 1926, the youngest son of Welsh parents. He joined the
As the war came to a close he didn't want to become part of the army of occupation in defeated
He quit the pit in December 1947 and went full-time to
In 1953 he won first prize for his painting of Czech dancers in
He left the Communist Party in 1957 in response to the show trial of leading communist Laszlo Rajk in
Morgan went on to teach pottery and art in adult education at the Central London Institute and was a visiting tutor in painting at Hornsey College of Art and Camberwell and then latterly at the Byam Shaw School of Art of which he became principal in 1970, remaining in that post until 1991.
In the meantime his painting had moved in an abstract direction, until around 1969 when he abandoned abstraction "as a bit of a cul-de-sac" and returned, as he says, to his "objective" roots.
His canvases are what might be termed "painterly." He is very much concerned with the aesthetics of representation and creating a sense of order out of chaos which is ostensibly the role of all art.
Source: Article in Morning Star - 4th October 2010 John Green