Leigh Morgan, who was previously known for his portraits, abstracts and landscapes, switched to sculpting after a summer school with sculptor Bert Flugelman in 1985.
He works and exhibits in both Australia and France.
Leigh was trained by Melbourne artists Amby Dyson, Vic O’Conner and Noel Counihan – all friends of his late father Frank W Morgan, an established artist and recognised member of the George Bell School.
Leigh now lives and works near Bellingen on the North Coast of NSW (October~April) and in Le Vigan France (Mat~September).
He uses the buttresses, roots, forked limbs and the butts of the now rare Australian Red Cedar and Rosewood trees locally scavenged in the Bellinger valley and up on the Dorrigo plateau. Another favourite wood is the beautifully workable Tasmanian Huon Pine (also scavenged, all three of these rare timbers sell at auction for in excess of $15,000 a cubic meter).
His empathy with his medium shows in his description of his preferred wood – “Cedar has the best of qualities, it is truly beautiful, full of life and potential, soft and responsive yet strong and enduring”.
Leigh has exhibited locally and on several occasions with the Sculpture Society, the Gannon Gallery at the Rocks Sydney. Morgan also has works for sale through the Saatchi Gallery London.
In 1999 Leigh won the Sculpture Prize at the Royal Easter Show Sydney.
His sculptures and paintings are represented in collections in NSW,Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, England, USA, Russia, Germany, France and Japan.
2010 Fournes France
2011 Newtown Sydney
2013 Fournes France
2015 Parisot International France
2016 Le Vigan France
2019 Raleigh NSW
2022 Urunga ArtSpace NSW