Perry Morgan III was born in Savannah, Ga., raised in New Orleans and Southern California. He attended California State University, receiving a BFA in studio art and an M.A. in Psychology. Although employed in clinical settings for a number of years, Perry returned to his true passion, creating art, upon his return to New Orleans in the late 1980's. He has been living and working in New Orleans ever since.
Perry has worked in various media including clay, assemblage, painted wood, canvas and silk. In early 1990, he opened Morgan-West Studio/Gallery on Magazine Street where he not only showed his own work but also that of fellow artists. The Gallery was open until 2004.
Perry was an exhibitor at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for 13 years. In 1993, he was honored as the Patron Artist of the local PBS affiliate, WYES, for "Art Collection 12". His hand-painted silks won three Alpha Awards for Excellence in Fashion Accessory Design. Over the course of his art career, Perry has gained a wide following for his decorative silks, ceramic masks. "Trash and Flash" jewelry and art furniture.
In early 2005, Perry began working in the Art Department and New Development for House of Blues corporate. Significantly, HOB keeps the largest private collection of American Folk Art in the United States. The HOB team of artists , designers and craftsmen facilitate restoration, design, painting and scenic applications for use in new and existing HOB music venues and retail shops.
Perry's recent work, acrylic paintings on wood are reflective of much of the Folk Art milieu of working with HOB. Although not self- taught, Perry incorporates the sensibility and elements of tribal art into his own dreamlike, stylized imagery. Perry also claims Matisse, Robert Gordy and Outsider Art as continuing inspiration.