Jolomo backs Glas­gow School of Art restora­tion

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS -

One of Madonna’s favourite artists is can­vass­ing sup­port for the re­build­ing of Glas­gow School of Art’s (GSA) Mack­in­tosh an­nex. Best-sell­ing Ar­gyll artist John Lowrie Mor­ri­son, known as Jolomo, from Tay­val­lich, spent four years at GSA. The Mack­in­tosh build­ing was dev­as­tated by fire, for a sec­ond time in four years, just af­ter it had been re­stored. Jolomo spoke as he vis­ited the shell of the build­ing for the first time and be­came the lat­est to join calls for ‘the Mack’ to be re­built. He said: ‘It’s so sad to see it like this. It should be re­built and should con­tinue to be a work­ing art school, not just a relic that peo­ple will come and see. We can’t lose such an iconic build­ing. I’ve spent most of my life in Ar­gyll, the con­nec­tion to Glas­gow is still very strong. I think the older I get the stronger it gets.’ Jolomo spoke as he un­veiled a new ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings at the nearby Glas­gow Gallery. Some of the proceeds from the show will be do­nated to the Mack­in­tosh Cam­pus Ap­peal, which he has sup­ported since the first fire in 2014. Jolomo, who stud­ied draw­ing and paint­ing at GSA from 1967, added: ‘To ma­tric­u­late and walk through the swing doors was like walk­ing into an­other world – like go­ing into Nar­nia through the wardrobe. We all loved it, it be­came part of our psy­che.’ The new ex­hi­bi­tion, From Glas­gow to the Rough Bounds of Ard­na­mur­chan, runs at the Glas­gow Gallery, 182 Bath Street, un­til Satur­day Novem­ber 10.

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