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Artist of the moment……New Zealand artist Mike Morgan….

Mike Morgan is a well known artist all  throughout Australia and New Zealand best known for his Surrealist paintings depicting large groups of people enjoying themselves. Mike Morgan was born in Whangarei ,New Zealand in the year 1952.

When the artist was fifteen he got employment at a local newspaper working in the cartoon and caricature section of the operation.

In 1972 at the age of twenty Morgan started painting with oils for the first time.

In 1980 made a voyage to North America visiting both Canada and the United States for the first time. Upon his return to Australia in 1981 Morgan was determined to be a full time professional artist.

1987 sells works to the Children’s Hospital.

1989 sells works to rock band U2.

Mike Morgan is now based out of  Auckland, New Zealand.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In the clip below we visit a gallery show. The first 50 seconds is a scary trip in a car to the gallery, I say scary because in New Zealand cars drive on the left side of the road. Paintings start around 50 seconds into the clip.

When looking at his highly illustrative style I reminded of John Brack, the two are very similar with wonderful characters full of expression. I did a post on John Brack just a few days ago but to refresh your memory a painting by John Brack below.  Brack came from Australia and lived from 1920 to 1999. Its his most famous work, 5 o’clock Collins Street, showing evening rush hour in Australia. A great painter of crowd and group scenes, something else in common with Mike Morgan.



Artist of the moment……John Brack….

John Brack was a wonderful artist and illustrator born in Melbourne, Australia in the year 1920. He was best renown for his work with the figure and large crowds of people painted in a highly stylized manner such as Alex Katz.

A big jump for the artist came during the 1950s when he received critical acclaim for works dealing with the everyday life of Australians.

For his collegiate studies Brack attended the Nationally Gallery School located in Melbourne, Australia.

Among  John Brack’s  most famous works is a painting titled “Collins Street 5pm” pictured below. A painting  done in the early 1950s that brought John Brack critical acclaim and the attention of the national media.


Brack served as Art Master at the Melbourne Grammar School for one decade from 1952 to 1962.

Served as Head of the National Gallery of Victoria Art School.

Included in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

I love the line work of John Brack’s art. Many of his works take me back to Disney’s group of the Nine Old Men. He loved to paint crowds, but each face is similar but unlike any other. To me his work was about standing apart from the crowd. There is the crowd, a boring mix of greys , and then something or someone in the picture is so colorful and lively as opposed to the crowd.

With his paintings of couples dancing  and moving about the floor together I am reminded of the artist Jack Vettriano’s dancing scenes that show couples dancing under moonlight as the servants attend to their every desire. An example of Vettriano’s style.


Price range information: John Brack was highly prolific as a painter. His oil paintings range from $10,000 to $1.35 million dollars.  Lithographs range $1,500 to $10,000. Watercolors range $50,000 to $180,000.

John Brack passed away in 1999 at the age of 78 years old.