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Louise Morgan/Galeri 45

  • Mixed Media,
  • Painting


I am an artist and the owner of Galeri 45,which is an art gallery and artists materials supply shop. I have been a professional artist for 4 years. The urge to paint comes from a strong urge to capture  light and movement of landscape and figures, my approach is expressive.The mark making fixing a moment in time or, several freeze frames of moments in time laid over each other.This gives my artwork a sense of time and movement.

Our art materials shop is well stocked,and we can order products from any one of our numerous trade suppliers.

Directions to studio

We are based in the High Street at the top end Bangor,close to the railway station,and Lidl.Opposite St. John’s Methodist Church.

Studio information

Family friendly Wheelchair friendly Parking nearby Toilet access Welsh Speaker Work for sale Price range 125-to-1200 Commissions accepted

Contact & address Details

Galeri 45,45 High Street, Bangor,LL57 1NR


Studio Opening Times

September 2018 Times:
Opening Times: 11am - 5pm
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    Late Friday Opening Days:
    Opening Times: 7pm - 9pm
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I was born and raised in North Wales, and went to Bethel School. I grew up in a very creative environment, my mother’s family were related to David Cox Senior, and my great grandmother was one of the first women to enter Birmingham art school. My father was a graphic artist in London, and also painted landscapes.

As a child I spent a lot of time alone, being ostracised by my peers, because my family lived outside the village.

I became happy spending time alone, drawing and playing in the natural environment.

I was torn between doing art or medicine as a career, eventually setting for medicine continuing art as a hobby. I became a GP, and worked in Criccieth for 12years.I was diagnosed with a serious neurological illness 8 years ago ,6 months after the birth of my youngest daughter.1 year later my closest sister Glenda died suddenly. In my sadness and grief, I began to yearn for the happiness of my childhood. I began painting again. I worked part time as a doctor, and the rest painting. I eventually had the confidence to become a professional artist, following  William Selwyn RA's highly positive critique of my unsigned paintings waiting for collection – in Castle Gallery Criccieth.

I   am compelled to drawing and painting the natural environment, capturing the light is my main aim. The light echoes my optimism and positivity that has guided me through the darkest times. I hope to channel this through my artworks to evoke similar feelings in the viewer. Due to Snowdonia’s rapidly changing weather conditions, working outside is challenging and there is a continual shifting of light and dark. I have to work quickly, capturing only the features of the landscape that are visually important, to make the final artwork into a unified landscape where the light allows the viewer to navigate through the landscape. I vary the intensity of the light and the nature of the environment, reflecting the continual shift of light in the environment sometimes the light is hard to see, but it is always present and flowing.

I have a unique style, and have been described as an expressive impressionist.

I now exhibit my own and other local artists work in Galeri45 https://www.facebook.com/galer..., Bangor. I also run a widely stocked art materials shop, from Galeri 45.We are unique,being the only shop in the loal vicinity to stock high quality art materials that are made in Britain or Europe.Protecting the environment is very close to my heart,and with this in mind I try to stock products that have lower environmental impact.

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