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Signed art work to be auctioned for St Albans Museum + Gallery

Signed art work to be auctioned for St Albans Museum + Gallery

Artist Morgan Howell has generously donated an artist’s proof of the Zombies’ single ‘Time of the Season’ which will be auctioned on 7th September. This Artist Proof numbered AP1/7 was very kindly signed by the four original members of the band: Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy at a book signing in St. Albans.
The auction will take place on 7th September at The Village Hotel, Centennial Park, Borehamwood. Online bids can be made via or As supporters of St Albans Museum + Gallery, Excalibur Auctions are generously waiving their fees. The money raised will go towards the development of the learning programme for St Albans Museum + Gallery.
‘Time of the Season’ by The Zombies, featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. It was written by keyboard player Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 1967. In early 1969 ‘Time of the Season’ became a hit in the US and reached #1 in Canada. The song's characteristics include the voice of lead singer Colin Blunstone, the bass riff, and Rod Argent's fast-paced psychedelic improvisation.
St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust (registered charity 1051868) has raised £1.6 million towards the St Albans Museum + Gallery which opened in June 2018. They have a further £100,000 to raise, most of which is for the development of the learning programme for children, families and adults.
The Zombies’original members were at school in St Albans when they started the band in 1961, they went on to achieve international fame with hits such as “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, 50 years after “Time of the Season” first hit #1 on the charts in America. They are currently on tour in the USA.
Morgan Howell, who was born and bred in St. Albans,is known for his giant, hand-painted 3-D facsimiles of classic paper sleeve 45s Morgan creates a one-off unique supersized painting of each single. The natural wear incurred by the treasured disc is duly rendered in paint, making for a desirable artwork and consciousness portal for vinyl junkie music heads everywhere. Howell's attention to detail is fastidious, down to the authentically distressed and creased canvas that doubles as up-scaled paper sleeves and the tiny imperfections round the edges of the labels of the 27” vinyl records. He additionally offers prints and also takes commissions as long as the song hasn’t already been painted.
Howell’s original paintings are attracting a cult following among musicians and music industry moguls. His painting of David Bowie’s 'The Jean Genie' sits proudly on the wall at Sony Music, 'Yesterday' by The Beatles was displayed at the iconic Capitol Building in L.A. and famous owners include Ozzy Osbourne, Hans Zimmer, Neil Diamond, Lord Lloyd Webber, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses, The Kinks Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Blur’s Damon Albarn, Johnny Marr, actor Jude Law and film director Edgar Wright.
Examples of his work are a permanent feature of the Radio 2 Green Room alongside Elton John’s piano, and when the BBC interviewed The Rolling Stones in London’s Dorchester Hotel in the run up to their concerts at the 02 in November 2012, three of his supersize Rolling Stones singles formed the backdrop.
Howell’s passion has always been his art. In 2005, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and in 2018 Morgan’s painting of The Beatles’ Capitol Records release of Yesterday was exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Excalibur Auctions was founded in 2016 after identifying a gap in the market for a specialist auction house in the South East of England. They specialise in model railways, diecast toys, movie memorabilia including film posters, and advertising items including travel and music posters.
by Lis Coulthard, - 18/08/2019 00:00


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