'A. S. Morrigan is a leading London & Hertfordshire based portrait and figurative artist who works in traditional oil paints. His personal work often explores the suppression & expression of freedom and individuality within the confines of suburban life. He now takes portrait commissions from all over the UK and abroad.'
Commissioning a Portrait
Commissioning a portrait can be a daunting prospect but I can guide you through the process from start to finish. You can choose whether you would like me to work from digital photographs (the easier option) or from a series of sittings (the more traditional approach)*. Good communication is key to a good portrait and I will be happy to discuss your needs further. Please click on the button below for more information.
* Please note that I can only work from photographs for equestrian and animal commissions.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Please be aware that due to current social distancing guidelines I am taking on commissions from photographs ONLY.
Baroness Floella Benjamin
Baroness Floella Benjamin
As a child, I remember sitting and watching Floella Benjamin (Twitter: @floellabenjamin) on television. Since her early days presenting Playschool, she has gone on to become one of the most influential people in the UK.
Among other things, she has worked as an actress, presenter, writer and independent producer. She is a Member of the House of Lords and an advocate for the welfare and education of children around the world. Her accomplishments are staggering, including being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and becoming Chancellor of the University of Exeter.
In meeting her, I instantly found her to be as personable as she is inspirational. I'm delighted and honoured to have painted her portrait.
SWAc Open Exhibition 2020
I'm pleased to announce that my painting 'Self-portrait In Isolation' has been selected for inclusion into the South West Academy of Fine & Applied Arts (SWAc) Open Exhibition 2020.
This year, due to ongoing concerns over the pandemic, the exhibition is taking place online as opposed to the usual venue of Exeter Castle.
You can visit the exhibition online from now until 31st December at: www.southwestacademy.org.uk
Portraits for NHS Heroes Book
I am very pleased to announce that my piece 'Susan' has been selected for inclusion in the official Portraits for NHS Heroes hardcover book.
The book is available through Bloomsbury Publishing (click here) and at all good book stockists.
All royalties go to NHS Charities Together.
Portraits For NHS Heroes
I recently had the pleasure of being involved with the #portraitsfornhsheroes campaign on Instagram and painted the portrait of the wonderful Susan, a neonatal nurse from the Midlands. It's a fantastic project originating from artist Tom Croft, in which artists can offer their talents to NHS staff for free; a thank you for their hours of dedication.
If you are an artist then I highly recommend getting involved with the project. If you are an NHS staff member then you should check out the #portraitsfornhsheroes hashtag and see the artists currently offering portraits (artists will have posted a green 'canvas' indicating that they are available).
Jackson's Painting Prize
I was fortunate enough to have my piece 'The Real Me' Longlisted for 'Jackson's Painting Prize 2020. It was an honour to be one of the final 445 entries from a staggering list of over 5,000.