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159 - Morgan Howell - TALL BOY

159 - Morgan Howell - TALL BOY


Acrylic on canvas board.
The 'Tall Boy' van is loosely liveried in the 'Pye'International R&B style. The label that brought the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf to our shores.

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Known for his giant, hand-painted 3-D facsimiles of classic paper sleeve 45s, Morgan Howell FRSA creates a one-off unique supersized painting of each single. The natural wear incurred by the treasured disc is duly rendered in paint, making for a desirable artwork and consciousness portal for vinyl junkie music heads everywhere.
The son of a fine artist, Howell was born in St. Albans, UK, in 1965. His attention to detail is fastidious, down to the authentically distressed and creased canvas that doubles as up-scaled paper sleeves and the tiny imperfections round the edges of the labels of the 27” vinyl records.
Howell’s original paintings are attracting a cult following among musicians, music industry types and art collectors. His painting of David Bowie’s 'The Jean Genie' sits proudly on the wall at Sony Music, 'Yesterday' by The Beatles was displayed at the famous Capitol Building in L.A. Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 hangs in the Weston Wing basement bar of the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery.
Howell’s passion has always been his art and in 2005, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. His painting of The Beatles’ Capitol Records release of Yesterday was also exhibited at London’s Royal Academy Of Arts in 2018. He has work on permanent display at the BBC, and at London’s Barbican Centre.
His work has been bought by collectors including musicians Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, composer Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Ozzy Osbourne, The Kinks, actor Jude Law, The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses and film director Edgar Wright.

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