Kil­do­nan, one of Jolomo’s favourite places to paint

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Ar­ran fea­tures promi­nently in a new exhibition by Ar­gyll-based artist John Lowrie Mor­ri­son, OBE – known as Jolomo.

Listing the is­land as one of his favourite places to paint, John’s exhibition at the Arch­way Gallery in Lochgilp­head is called To­wards the Light – Ar­ran and Kin­tyre, and was opened last week­end by MSP Michael Rus­sell. It runs un­til the end of the month.

Jolomo, who is based in Tay­val­lich, said: ‘My two most favourite places to paint are Kil­do­nan on Ar­ran and Grog­port in Kin­tyre. My first paint­ings of th­ese two places were ex­hib­ited in the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute exhibition in 1974. It’s wonderful to re­turn to them.

‘The vil­lages are not that far apart, sep­a­rated by only a few miles of the Kil­bran­nan Sound. The light there is mag­i­cal, con­stantly chang­ing as the weather belts in over Ar­ran and low light from the south pushes its way through low clouds.

‘It might look like I’m paint­ing land­scape, but re­ally I’m paint­ing light. That’s one rea­son I love paint­ing in Ar­gyll – the light is con­stantly chang­ing, bring­ing out dif­fer­ent colours and tones,’ he added.

Jolomo stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and worked as an art teacher at Lochgilp­head High School, and later as an art ad­viser in Strath­clyde Re­gion, be­fore leav­ing ed­u­ca­tion to paint full-time in 1997.

His ex­pres­sion­ist land­scapes of the west coast in high-key colour have made him one of Scot­land’s most pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful pain­ters whose work has been pur­chased by celebrities in­clud­ing Madonna, St­ing, Si­mon Le Bon and Gre­gor Fisher.

Part of the pro­ceeds from sales at the exhibition will be gifted to the Mack­in­tosh Ap­peal, which was set up fol­low­ing the first fire in the Mack­in­tosh Build­ing at the Glas­gow School of Art in 2014.

John said: ‘I was shocked and dev­as­tated when the build­ing was again de­stroyed by fire in June, just as parts of the restora­tion from the first fire were al­most com­plete. It was a wonderful build­ing to work in, and I hope it will rise again.’

John Lowrie Mor­ri­son, known as Jolomo, with some of his art­works.

This paint­ing is called Beach Path, Kil­do­nan and is one of Jolomo’s favourite places to paint.

Vivid and bright, an­other of his works called Cor­rie Cot­tages un­der Goat­fell.

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