Ike Morgan Portrait of a Rock Star


Ike Morgan Portrait of a Rock Star


While I’ve never personally met Ike Morgan (b. 1958), I’m certainly a fan of his work and am familiar with his history. In the 1970s, Morgan was diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia and for years was confined to a mental hospital in Austin, Texas, where he began to draw and paint.

He is widely known for his portraits of U.S. presidents, public figures and celebrities, including rock stars. While this particular example is untitled and unsigned, I’m convinced that it’s one of Morgan’s early drawings and depicts the British rocker and lead singer for the Who Roger Daltrey.

As was often the case, Morgan’s source of inspiration may have been a magazine photo of a youthful Daltrey in the “post-Tommy” years of the late ‘70s-early ‘80s. The 23-1/2” x 17-1/2” drawing is rendered in crayon on art board. The framed dimensions are 29” x 23”. Acquired from a major Houston collector. Probably early 1980s.



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