Phil Morgan’s striking work is the ultimate in post-modern street art, taking well-known elements from worldwide pop culture, and repurposing them with a wink, a smile and – fairly often – a middle finger. Morgan’s work borrows from the aesthetics of previous eras – including ‘70s psychedelia, ‘80s technology and ‘90s street culture – and drags them firmly up to the present day in new and twisted forms.
Morgan’s Welsh roots occasionally sneak into his work, but his background as both a musician and skateboarder prove to be the strongest inspirations of all, imbuing his art with an authenticity that is instantly recognisable to peers with similar passions. Punk rock nods to the likes of Henry Rollins, The Ramones and Fugazi are present, as well as wise guy cracks about hard rockers like Kiss, Aerosmith and Rolling Stones. Through it all, Morgan is careful to never take himself – or his subjects – too seriously.
Working in an incredibly versatile range of formats – murals, graphic design, skateboard art, paintings and screen prints are all in his wheelhouse – Morgan has built a solid reputation for himself. His work has been featured in exhibitions across the United States, including New York, Atlanta, L.A., San Francisco and Santa Cruz, as well as all over the U.K., Australia and France.
Morgan’s distinctive style has been embraced by a plethora of skate and surf companies (including Vans, Toy Machine, Santa Cruz Skateboards, The Friend Ship Skateboards, Surprise Skateboards, Crayon Skateboards, Lost Surfboards and Cardiff Skateboard Club), but he has also caught the attention of the mainstream, featuring in the Washington Post, Urban Outfitters, Dr. Marten’s and even Coca Cola’s Kiss The Past Hello art book.
In 2015, he released his first printed collection, Hardcore Will Never Die… But You Will, via legendary Los Angeles comic book store, The Secret Headquarters.
Phil Morgan lives and works in is hometown of Penarth, Wales, UK.
Below is a list of clients Phil has worked with on various projects in the past :
The Washington Post, Urban Outfitters, Coca-Cola, Dr Martens, Vans, Fallon London, GiffGaff Mobile Network, Fremantle Media, Creative Mornings, The Eisteddfod, Chapter Arts Centre, Assouline Books, Print Club London, Belly Kids Comics, The Secret Headquarters LA, Melt Down Comics LA, The Welsh Music Foundation, SXSW Music Festival, Big Love Festival, Ripcurl Board masters, Lost Surfboards, Toy Machine Skateboards, The Friend Ship Skateboards, Surprise Skateboards, Crayon Skateboards, Santa Cruz Skateboards, DC Snowboards, Cardiff Skateboard Club, City Surf, Spit & Sawdust Indoor Skate Park, Hang Fire BBQ, Pipes Brewery, The Pilot Brewery, Hopscotch Coffee & Records, Little Man Coffee Shop, Four Three Six Clothing, The Bottle Shop Off Licence, SWYD Tattoo Shop, Spillers Records, Clwb Ifor Bach, Milgi Bar, The Modern Alchemists, Sho Gallery, Freestyle Skate Store, Wolves Kill Sheep Clothing, Looking Sideways, Super Rad Snowboards, Secret Sevens, Human Pyramids Artists Collective, XO Fashion Magazine, Stay Wild Adventure Magazine, Printhaus, The Pre-Vinylite Society, Bruised Tongue Badges, Rubbish Rubbish Badges, Stupid Krap Australia, The Cliff Dive Bar Sydney, Big Little City, Band Of Horses, Stealing Sheep, Bedford Falls, Zervas And Pepper, Astroid Boys, FFUG, The GetGone, Vamp Industries, The Cardiff Arches, Penarth Town Council, Ty Hafan Charity, Pallative Care Centre, Mail Me Art, The Natas And Gonz Book, The Neil And Lance book.
Please feel free to get in touch for commissions, collaborations or any enquiries:
EXHIBITIONS / SHOWS
2011 Big Little City. The Old Library, Cardiff
2012 Inside The Wolves Den Group Show. Los Angeles
2012 Blisters The Directors Cut for Print Club London
2012 Bomb Skate Deck Art Show. London
2012 Characters Group Show. The Sho Gallery, Cardiff
2012 Boardmasters Looking Sideways Group Show. Newquay, Cornwall
2013 Looking Sideways Group Show. 71A Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2013 You are Invited Solo Show. Penarth, South Wales
2013 Belly Kids Magic Book Of Nightmares Group Show. Scawfell Street Gallery, London
2013 Art In The Warehouse. Milgi Bar, Cardiff
2013 Girls, Girls, Girls Group Show. Urban Outfitters, Cardiff
2013 Friends Stick Together Group Show. Los Angeles
2013 Solo Show. Urban Outfitters, Cardiff
2013 Monsters Club Group Show. Bristol
2013 Belly Kids Ancient egyptian Show. Scawfell Street Gallery, London
2013 Ten Green Bottles Solo Show. The Bottle Shop, Cardiff
2013 A to Z Group Show. Islington, London
2013 Icy Caps Group Show. San Jose, California
2014 SWYD Group Show. SWYD Tattoo & Barber Shop, Cardiff
2014 Salad Days Group Show. The Modern Alchemist Gallery, Cardiff
2014 Secret Sevens Record Store Day Exhibition. Mother, London
2014 Illustrate Wales Exhibition. Penarth Pier Pavilion
2014 Chilled Air Group Group Art Exhibition. Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles
2014 Kingswell Gallery X Society 6 Public Image Group Art Exhibition, Kingswell Gallery, Los Angeles
2014 Wales Millennium Centre Car Park Mural, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
2014 Art In The City Exhibition, The Abacus Gallery, Cardiff
2014 Cockney Rhyming Slang Group Art Exhibition, The Lauriston, Victoria Park, Hackney, London
2015 KingBrown Issue Ten Launch, Form Gallery, Perth, Australia
2015 Beer Thirty Group Art Exhibition, Upper Playground, Portland, Oregon
2015 Cozy Up Collective Group Art Exhibition, Cleveland, Ohio
2015 ‘ Hardcore Will Never Die But You will ‘ Publication Launch. The Secret Headquarters, Los Angeles.
2015 Group Sext Art Exhibition for Insight Clothing. Los Angeles
2015 Thirty Years Of The Screaming Hand Group Art exhibition. House Of Vans, London
2016 Charlie Brown Group Art Exhibition. Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles
2016 Pinzilla Group Art Exhibition. Melbourne, Australia.
2016 Monty Python Group Art Exhibition. Leeds, UK.
2016 The Welsh Illustration And Design Exhibition. Narberth, Wales
2016 Thirty Years Of the Screaming Hand Group Art Exhibition. Santa Cruz Museum Of Art & History, Santa Cruz, California
2016 Art Car Boutique Fair at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
2016 Black Coffee Blues. A Solo Exhibition. Hopscotch Coffee & Records. Winchester, Virginia, USA
2016 Pinzilla 2 Group Art Exhibition. Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia.
2016 Pinzilla 2 Group Art Exhibition. Los Angeles.
2017 Treading The Boards Skate Deck Group Exhibition. The Castle Emporium, Cardiff, Wales.
2017 Drinkin’ Smoking’ & West Coastin’ Group Exhibition. Think Tank Gallery. Los Angeles.
2017 Drink Coffee, Stair At The Walls. Solo Exhibition. Hopscotch Coffee & Records. Winchester, Virginia.
2017 Platano Rock Exhibition. Tenerife, Spain.
2017 Moments Festival. Malaga, Spain.