John Lowrie Morrison, 2015

Oil on canvas

John Lowrie Morrison OBE (born 1948, Maryhill Glasgow.  Lives and works Tayvallich and Mull.)

The four paintings are:-

  • Evening Low Tide, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, 2015
  • Stormy Evening, Machrihanish Beach, Kintyre, 2015
  • Moon Over Arbroath Creels, 2015
  • The Ardionra Hayfield - A Summer Morning, Iona, 2015


The vitality of the paint colours expresses the impact of transient light and weather conditions on the land.  The works convey the soft hues of a morning sky, the vibrancy of sundown against storm clouds and the gloaming dusk of long summer evenings.  West and east coasts are both depicted at twilight, Tobermory and Arbroath connected by Scotland's fishing industry and the characteristic painted houses.  Morrison has been painting the west coast since the 1960s, often returning to favourite spots such as the Ardionra hayfield in Iona to look at them anew.  The artist's distinctive use of colour is part of his signature style.  His use of unexpected colour reflects both a belief in the actual intensity and diversity of colours in nature in Scotland if one looks closely enough and also his conviction in the joy and healing that can be the result of experiencing the beauty of nature.

Artist Biography 

Morrison studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1967 to 1971, winning the W.O. Hutchison Drawing Prize in his final year, and completed a Diploma in Education at Jordanhill in 1973. This was the start of a long teaching career in Argyll.  In 1997, he made the decision to try and earn a living from painting full-time in Argyll and the Hebrides.

Morrison is known for his energetic, prolific output, once painting 1,500 works in a year, although he prefers today to work on a larger scale.  He has said about painting that “It’s like a physical thing you’ve got to do. There is absolutely no other reason why I get up in the morning; I just can’t wait to get into the studio and paint”.  Although often considered a modern day Colourist, Morrison’s main influences were Marc Chagall and Chaim Soutine and today he is a lover of American artist Andrew Wyeth’s work.  The artist has used the signature ‘JOLOMO’ since 1985.

Morrison has contributed to stimulating the development of landscape painting in Scotland through founding the Jolomo Awards for Landscape Painting, which ran in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

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