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Portrait | Charles Morgan

Biography

Charles Morgan was born on June 8, 1951 near London. He has lived and worked in Switzerland since 1964.

The internationally renowned Anglo-Swiss artist has been creating, for almost 35 years, kinetic sculptures made of recycled objects and cutting-edge technology, works of all sizes, funny, poetic, ingenious, jewelry, objects precious and wonderful.

Jeweler-jeweler by trade, he has been independent since 1974 in Vevey, where he rapidly acquired the reputation of creating extraordinary jewels, rings with secret compartments, pendants opening in twelve different ways, electronically controlled luminous jewelery, gold and silver plated lighters and mobile sculptures of all sizes.

Charles Morgan

Welding | Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan reveals the beauty of mechanical movements. His “machines” – mobile, humorous and metallic sculptures always amaze. Today, several hundred of them have found buyers all over the world. This site will make you discover the unique work of Charles Morgan and will make you travel in the heart of his universe!

Jeweler-jeweler by trade, he has been independent since 1974 in Vevey, where he rapidly acquired the reputation of creating extraordinary jewels, rings with secret compartments, pendants opening in twelve different ways, electronically controlled luminous jewelery, gold and silver plated lighters and mobile sculptures of all sizes.

Charles Morgan reveals the beauty of mechanical movements. His “machines” – mobile, humorous and metallic sculptures always amaze. Today, several hundred of them have found buyers all over the world. This site will make you discover the unique work of Charles Morgan and will make you travel in the heart of his universe!

Catalog | Charles Morgan | Kinetic Art

Kinetic art

Kinetic art is best described as visual art which can move.

‘The motion creates the emotion’

Kinetic Art : Mainly recycled metal, animated by low voltage electric motors. Randomly moving parts, balls and lights.

Seeing a piece of Charles Morgan’s Kinetic Art, the attention of the viewer is immediately captured by randomly moving wheels and other mechanical parts bathed in constantly changing light hues. These elements are in many ways hypnotic to watch. Over time he discovers that the sculpture is interlaced with a multitude of familiar, recognisable objects. The eye is drawn to each object in turn, driven by the motion of the individual parts of the sculpture. This ballet takes place in almost complete silence, as if in slow motion, leading the viewer on a visual, often emotional, adventure. Should he tire of this sensory overload the Kinetic part of the Artwork can be temporarily disabled by a simple switch.

See the latest available sculptures

Custom works

Charles Morgan loves making personalised mechanical sculptures to order. At the time of writing, December 2021, he has created a staggering 1851 pieces of kinetic art of all shapes and sizes.

BIG, SMALL, HE MAKES THEM ALL
The sculptures are made from a wide range of materials including steel, brass, copper, aluminium, wood and plastics. Many of them incorporate multiple motors, controlled lighting and complicated electronics.
The most common requests received are to create an individual, personalised ‘machine’ or artwork for special events such as weddings, birthdays and presents to mark other special occasions.
Many mechanical sculptures are designed for waiting rooms, reception areas and lobbies.
More specialised kinetic art works can be conceived for companies, museums, and large, expo-style events.

Mechanic | Charles Morgan

  • 2021  Construction of special commemorative sculpture for the 40 years of “LOGITECH”
  • 2019  Five big mobile sculptures for the swiss watch company “ORIS”
  • 2018  Installation of the “coffee Machine ” for La Marzocco museum Florence Italy.
  • 2016 Opening of my show room next to my workshop in Jongny Switzerland . 88 sculptures start-up with a flick of a switch.
  • 2015  preparation: Exhibition 40 years of sculpture at the Montreux Art Gallery, from 5 to 9 November
  • 2015  “Switzerball” sculpture exposed in swiss pavilion at the universal Exposition Milano Italy
  • 2014 n preparation: Exhibition 40 years of sculpture at the Montreux Art Gallery, from 5 to 9 November
  • 2013 «Samsung», a work inaugurated in Berlin (IFA). 1.50 m
  • 2012 «Time Machine», clock with balls. 2.20 m, 100 kg
  • 2008 Opening new gallery, Theater Street in Vevey.
  • 2005 «Switzerball», commissioned by Switzerland Tourism to represent Switzerland abroad.
  • 2004 «Hypervision on the cork», prototype of the “Electro-Canon”, “glionic” accelerator of vehicles for the Glion tunnel under construction.
  • 2003 Commemorative clock made for the 100th anniversary of Mr. Dommen, former director of Nestlé.
  • 1999 Metropole 2000, Chauderon Lausanne. Chromatic clock on wall of 17 m high.
  • 1998 «The Lighthouse» created for the lobby of a shopping center in Germany (ZDF TV report).
  • 1993 «Recyclium» commissions for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Taejon Expo ’93, Korea.
  • 1990 «Chocolaterie» a work reflecting the functioning of chocolate production (Nestlé order).
  • 1989 «Worldball» Expo Isetan Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • 1986 «Jollyball» the biggest pinball machine in the world (Guinness Book Registration).
  • 1984 «Tourismusflipper» commissioned by Switzerland Tourism (permanently at the Swiss Museum of Transport).
  • 1984 «Chronos» marks time from an ancient clock movement (bell tower).
  • 1981 First exhibition, Danese-Milano, Lausanne
  • 1980 Change of workshop and opening of his first art gallery, rue du Lac in Vevey.
  • 1977 «The Wine Testing Machine» wins a special prize at the Vevey Winegrowers Festival.
  • 1975 1st prize of the animations at the Salon des Inventions in Geneva.
  • 1974 Establishes himself as an independent jeweller in Vevey.
  • 1973 «The Tonsils», first work.