Illustrator Patrick Morgan's 'Material Girl' holds court at London's Coningsby Gallery

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Currently on show at Coningsby Gallery in London, fashion illustrator Patrick Morgan's solo exhibition of paintings and ink drawings explores the concept of 'buying into luxury as a lifestyle'. Pictured is 'Prada', 2014
(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

Illustrator Patrick Morgan is making a bold splash at Début Art’s Coningsby Gallery in London with his latest solo exhibition (opens in new tab). The city’s fashion and art packs were so taken by his paintings and ink drawings last evening (the jet-setting artist hosted a fashionably late private view), that 'Material Girl', originally due to close today after a brief run, will remain on view for a further two weeks.  

The term ‘material girl’ may carry unwelcome connotations, but Morgan has found creative fuel in today’s prestige-obsessed society. ‘The idea [for the show] came from listening to an old Madonna cassette tape and the song Material Girl came pumping out,’ explains the London-based artist. He had just completed a drawing project about mundane everyday objects for the Royal College of Art, where he is currently studying, which inspired him to take a closer look at scarves and other fashion objects.

Morgan is well versed on the topic of luxury, having made his mark among a number of fashion’s most illustrious houses, including Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Chanel and Prada, but his work extends beyond the latest designer goods. The show includes expressive portraits of Prada’s campaign stars and supermodels-of-the-moment, Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld, while designer Tom Ford, inked in solid black lines, cuts a dash on paper.

One room in the gallery, meanwhile, is dedicated to a series of large paintings, where Morgan's thick, dynamic brushstrokes bring swaying palm trees to life. ‘Over the last few years I have been collaborating with [Los Angeles-based] Tom Ford designer David Bamber, so when I talk to him I just wanted to feel like I was in LA,’ says Morgan. ‘As David Hockney put it, I just wanted to be where the sun was, so I moved there and drew swimming pools, blue skies and palm trees.’

Certainly, there are elements within this opulent bubble we all aspire to. And just as Material Girl explores ‘buying into luxury as a lifestyle’, we’re yearning to buy into Morgan’s visual world.

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Morgan has found creative fuel in today’s brand-obsessed society, such as in this graphic painting of a Chanel store

(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

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A drawing project about everyday objects for the Royal College of Art, where he is currently studying, inspired him to take a closer look at fashion objects, like Louis Vuitton's scarves

(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

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'Yellow Chair', 2013

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The show extends beyond luxury goods and locales, to include expressive portraits of Prada’s campaign stars and supermodels-of-the-moment, Daphne Groeneveld (pictured) and Lindsey Wixson

(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

Boy face painting

'Lindsey Wixon', 2014

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In 'Tom Ford Suit II', 2014, the fashion designer cuts a dash on paper, inked in solid black lines

(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

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The exhibition includes a series of large-scale paintings of palm trees, brought to life by Morgan's thick, dynamic brushstrokes

(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

Blue skies and palm trees painting

'As David Hockney put it, I just wanted to be where the sun was,' explains Morgan, 'so I moved there and drew swimming pools, blue skies and palm trees.’ Pictured is 'Moving Henry', 2014

(Image credit: Patrick Morgan)

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'Yves Saint Laurent Scarf', 2014

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'Christian Louboutin', 2013

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'Touched', 2014

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Girl painting

'Girl', 2013

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ADDRESS

Coningsby Gallery
30 Tottenham Street
London W1T 4RJ

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