Semi-finalist

About

The quiet whimsical world Ross Morgan explored as a boy is the world that appears on canvas. A contemporary surrealist painter and illustrator from Adelaide, South Australia, Ross feels 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, Ross consistently enjoyed exploring the rural environment filled with creatures, abandoned structures, machinery and objects of yesteryear. He also practiced drawing, painting, and arts and crafts projects encouraged by his mother at the kitchen table. Specialising in portraiture, fine art and illustration, he completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2000. Since then Ross 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 Ross explores his work as a ‘series at a time’ and is focussed on creating a number of personal artworks for solo exhibitions. He has 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 ”.

Education

Bachelor of Visual Arts - University of South Australia

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 - The Little One Returns, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2017 - Undercover, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2017 - The Art of Ben Hall, Bluethumb online gallery HQ, Collingwood, VIC
2016 - The Companion, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2016 - The Architect, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2015 - The Little One, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2015 - The Diver, The Chicken and The Fox, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2014 - Big and Little, Greg Cooley Wines, Clare Valley, SA
2014 - The Red Book, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio, Adelaide, SA
2014 - Home, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, SA
2013 - Collect, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio Adelaide, SA
2013 - Box Of Wonders, Bundaleer Forest, Picnic Grounds, Jamestown, SA
2013 - Diary of Illusions, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio Adelaide, SA
2012 - Altitude, Ross Morgan Gallery & Studio Adelaide, SA
2011 - Toys, The Hotel Metropolitan, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Learning to Fly, St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, SA
2011 - Diary of Illusions, RSL hall, Jamestown, SA
2009 - SURREAL the world is, Uniting Church hall, Jamestown, SA
2007 - Ross Morgan 2007 Collection, Premier Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2007 - Storyboards from the Surreal, Uniting Church hall, Jamestown, SA
2005 - Twenty-five, Belalie Art Gallery, Jamestown, SA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017- Kennedy Art Prize, Fisher Jeffries building, Adelaide, SA
2015 - John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, Penola High School, Penola, SA
2015 - Wonder Walls Festival, Port Adelaide, SA
2014 - MR. IST, Trims building, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Art For All, Artistic License Gallery and Studio, North Adelaide, SA
2009 - Real, Surreal, Still and Incredible, St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide, SA
2008 - Organic Matter, Premier Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2007 - Creative Forces, Artistic License Gallery and Studio, North Adelaide, SA
2007 - Christianity an Australian Perspective, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, SA
2006 - World Vision Art Auction, Artistic License Gallery and Studio, North Adelaide, SA
2006 - Contemporary Creatives, Artistic License Gallery and Studio, North Adelaide, SA
2006 - ONE, Pembroke School exhibition, established and emerging artists, Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Grounds, Adelaide, SA
2005 - Prospect Portrait Prize, Prospect Gallery, Nailsworth, SA
2005 - Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, SA
2005 - Urban Art Show, Adelaide University, Adelaide, SA
2005 - Second birthday exhibition, Artistic License Gallery and Studio, North Adelaide, SA
2003 - Christianity an Australian Perspective, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, SA
2000 - Hyphen, Applied &Visual Arts Graduate & Honours Exhibition, Miller Anderson Building, Adelaide, SA
2000 - Christianity an Australian Dimension, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, SA
2000 - 20 x 20 Portrait in landscape exhibition, South Australian School of Art, Underdale, SA
1996 - Port Pirie Art Prize, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery , Port Pirie, SA

Press

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2107 - Finalist, Kennedy Art Prize
2016 - Winner, Best Social Comment, The Cathedral Art Prize and Exhibition
2016 - Shortlisted, The 2016 Bluethumb Art Prize
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
2011 - Merit Award, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
2011 - Finalist, The Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize
2010 - Winner, Peoples Choice Award, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
2010 - Winner, Best Abstract Expression, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
2010 - Merit Award, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show
2005 - Winner, Packers Choice, 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, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
1997 - Elsa Chilvers Scholarship, Saint Marks College Port Pirie
1997 - Certificate, Outstanding Achievement in Art at a Senior Secondary Level, Saint Marks College Port Pirie

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 - Artwork feature, The Legend of Ben Hall Film, final credits character portraits, Melbourne, VIC
2016 - Artwork feature, The Legend of Ben Hall, Official Hand drawn film poster, Melbourne, VIC
2014 - Presentation & Donation of commissioned artwork, 50th Anniversary 4th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiments Gala Dinner, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Live Art Performance, Netball SA Gala Night, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA
2007 - Star Portrait, One of three artists selected to paint a portrait of Jane Doyle, as part of the Loreto Spring Art Exhibition, Adelaide, SA
2006 - Artwork feature, Twin Rivers Film, Final credits character portraits, Adelaide, SA
2006 - Street Art Performance and silent Auction, Adelaide University LIFE IMPACT and Open Day Promotion, Adelaide, SA
2006 - Invited artist, ONE, Pembroke School exhibition, a celebration of both established and emerging artists. Inc. artists talk and published catalogue, Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Grounds, Adelaide, SA

Influences

Ross is fascinated by The Surrealists, Children's Book Illustrators, 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.

28cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Mixed Media
$700
28cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Mixed Media
$700
28cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Mixed Media
$700
105cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,800
60cm (W) x 80cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$800
61cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$3,000
144cm (W) x 144cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$11,000
46cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,800
61cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,800
12cm (W) x 17cm (H)
Drawings
$450
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