I just received this beautiful calendar in the post from Christine in Aberdeen. She very kindly thought of me and I am very appreciative of both the thought and the colorful paintings in the calendar. As I have found out a bit more about this painter, I have been impressed with his work and his life.
John Lowrie Morrison is known for his prolific oil paintings of Scotland and his use of a bold palette to portray rich landscapes. He captures the beauty and history of the land, sea and communities of the west coast of Scotland, often using light and darkness. Jolomo (as he is known by) uses color to show emotions: red reflects excitement, orange is warm and energising, yellow promotes confidence and draws the eye. Blue is frequently used to calm and heal, while violets and indigos create awareness and intuition respectively. He rarely shows people in his paintings although it can seem as though someone has just left the canvas … a gate swinging open or a ladder against a wall. In his earlier work, Jolomo used gouache (opaque water-color) but since 1997 he has worked almost always in oils.
After he graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1971, he spent many years teaching art and other various jobs. His cv is long and involved and I’d invite you to have a look for yourself on his website http://www.jolomo.com/. In 1996, John began painting on a full time basis.
Jolomo is now a Patron of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers as well as giving support to many other charities. He very generously gives to many people out of the earnings from his paintings. “Painting and the Scottish landscape have been lifelong passions for me and there are charities whose fantastic work my wife and I are hugely keen to support,” he said. “It’s great to be recognised in this way for doing things you love.”
If you are interested in finding out more about Jolomo, check out his website http://www.jolomo.com/ where you can find examples of his colorful canvases where nature seems to move within the paintings. I was particularly struck by his use of the color orange.
He is also going to be in an exhibition, showcasing “The Lure of the Hebrides”, at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh. This event will run from March 26th to April 9th. Information can be found at http://www.scottishartportfolio.co.uk/.