Princess Royal to open Jolomo ex­hi­bi­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

BEST­SELLING Scot­tish artist John Lowrie Mor­ri­son OBE (Jolomo) is the sub­ject of a land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion in Glas­gow’s Mitchell Li­brary, which will be opened by HRH The Princess Royal.

Jolomo@ the Mitchell is the Tayvallich artist’s big­gest show this year and will in­clude a ma­jor se­lec­tion of new paint­ings.

John’s dis­tinc­tive ex­pres­sion­ist land­scapes of Scot­land have made him one of the coun­try’s most suc­cess­ful artists, with celebri­ties such as Sting, Madonna and Rick Stein buy­ing his work.

In this show, he will un­veil a num­ber of new large-scale panoramic works, a shift away from his sig­na­ture square-for­mat for the first time in 40 years.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will also re­veal an­other side to John’s work: por­traits and draw­ings of crofters in Ar­gyll, and strik­ing por­traits of dis­abled chil­dren, which were com­pleted when he was a stu­dent at Glas­gow School of Art.

John Lowrie Mor­ri­son OBE said: ‘ As a Glas­gow lad, I’m de­lighted to be hav­ing a show in the Mitchell Li­brary. I more or less lived in the Mitchell Li­brary Read­ing Room when I was a teenager at Hyn­d­land Sec­ondary School study­ing for my highers. Now, it’s a fan­tas­tic ex­hi­bi­tion space.

‘It feels like a mu­seum – the scale of the space seemed to lend it­self to some big­ger work. I have made a couple of really large land­scape-for­mat works. I’ve been paint­ing square paint­ings for 40 years, so this is a ma­jor de­par­ture. I de­cided to in­clude a se­lec­tion of ret­ro­spec­tive works, which a lot of peo­ple won’t have seen.

‘I’m not as­so­ci­ated with fig­u­ra­tive work. It will be in­ter­est­ing for peo­ple to see that I’m not a one-trick pony, as some peo­ple have said.’

All the paint­ings, ex­clud­ing the ret­ro­spec­tive works, will be for sale, with a per­cent­age of the pro­ceeds go­ing to Car­ers Trust.

John and his wife Mau­reen are vice pres­i­dents of Car­ers Trust, which has HRH The Princess Royal as pres­i­dent.

The show opens on Thurs­day Novem­ber 19.

LAND­MARK EVENT: An ex­hibiton will show­case new large-scale works by Jolomo.

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