John Lowrie Morrison, or Jolomo as he is also known, is one of Scotland’s best loved artists. He is internationally famous for his powerful and vibrant landscapes of the west coast of Scotland and the Hebridean islands. This work is collected by celebrities such as Sting and Madonna and he was listed in The Sunday Times as number 10 in their list of Scotlands’s greatest ever artists.
Born in 1948 in Maryhill, Glasgow, John studied art at Glasgow School of Art from 1967-1971. He then went on to undertake postgraduate studies at Glasgow School of Art in 1971-1972 and then a Diploma in Education in 1972-1973. For more than 25 years John pursued a successful career in art education from his base in Argyll, West Scotland, rising to Principal Teacher of Art at Lochgilphead High School and Art Adviser to Strathclyde Region.
Giving up his teaching career to paint full time in 1997, John has successfully exhibited his work in solo and mixed exhibitions at numerous galleries in Scotland, England, Hong Kong and the USA. His spectacular career has been captured in film, in the DVD “I Know Where I am Going” by Mitchell Mcglone and the BBC TV Film, “A Man With the Golden Brush” and in the books “The Colour of Life” and “Jolomo – Retrospective”. John frequently features in the media, most recently on the television programmes “Blethering Scots” and “Elizabeth Queen of Scots”.
John donates a percentage of his sales to charity and makes significant donations of art work to charity each year. In 2005 John established The Jolomo Foundation, a charitable body aimed at promoting and encouraging the painting of the Scottish landscape. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to art and to charity in Scotland.
We are delighted to feature a series of eight paintings by Jolomo as part of our “Focus” series of exhibitions at Watermark Gallery from 17-29 February 2024. This exhibition is in partnership with the Walker Galleries.