Princess Royal to open Jolomo exhibition
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.