Original Scottish Artist
John Lowrie Morrison / JOLOMO
Born in Glasgow in 1948. He studied “Drawing and Painting” and also Post Graduate Studies at Glasgow School of Art. He became a Principal Art Teacher in 1988 at Lochgilphead High School, Argyll.
In 1994 he became Art Advisor – Strathclyde Region. Also worked privately as an At Advisor for ‘Glasgow School of Art Education’, ‘Glasgow Museums’, ‘The Scottish Office Higher Still Programme’, ‘The Design Council’ and many Scottish schools.
In 1997 severed all education links to paint full time and is now probably Scotland’s best-known landscape artist.
Constantly paints the islands of Mull, Iona, Gigha, Islay, Luing and Seil and also the west coast of the mainland – Ardnamurchan, Kintyre and West Argyll.
Jolomo has always been inspired by the west coast of Scotland and her islands – the crofts, mountains and seas. His paintings exude expression and vibrancy. His use of rich colour and sensuous handling of paint reveal a Joie de Vivre and essential optimism and conveys “a feeling of joy and happiness in a sometimes depressing world”.
He exhibits throughout in Scotland, England and also in USA and Holland.
Collections throughout the world including: UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Israel, USA, Canada, Brazil and Australia.
“Jolomo is one of Scotland’s best-loved and well-known living contemporary landscape painters”.
“From the rolling beaches at Lossiemouth to the picturesque harbour at Findochty, a light rain at Findlater to the unique harbours of Portsoy and Banff, to the remoteness of Crovie, with the moon rising over Pennan and onwards to the pristine beach at Fraserburgh, Jolomo uses his adept skill to depict the wildness and serenity of this striking and memorable coastline. His vibrantly colourful work evokes the mood of Buchan, which can be all at once hostile yet, as I know, addictively beautiful.”
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland
Exhibition at Duff House, 2005