Top Scottish artist Jolomo will present rare and unseen works at the Ayrshire Gallery from this weekend
A leading Scottish artist will present a variety of rare and unseen works in Ayrshire this weekend.
John Lowrie Morrison – also known as Jolomo – is perhaps best known for his brightly colored Scottish landscape paintings.
But a new exhibition inaugurated this weekend at the Maclaurin Gallery in Rozelle d’Ayr Park will shed light on little-known aspects of his career.
Jolomo: a passion for color, opening on Saturday July 3, brings together unseen and rarely seen works from his 50-year career as a painter, including striking portraits of young people with disabilities, abstract drawings for textiles and unpublished religious paintings.
It includes a number of landscape and abstract paintings produced at Culzean Castle, which hosted art residences and summer schools for students when John was at Glasgow School of Art.
John said: “People might think they know what I’m doing, but it’s going to be a bit of a revelation. People who are familiar with my landscape work will be surprised to see the range of work here.
“There is a lot of work in this exhibition that has not been shown before, not just paintings but also drawings.
“I think people will be quite amazed when they see that a landscape painter has painted all this figurative and religious work.
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“People will not have seen the Christian or religious work that I have done throughout my career because it has never been shown in a gallery setting. It’s great to have the opportunity to show such a range of work in Ayrshire.
Dianne Gardner, Head of Programming for the Maclaurin Trust, said: “Real artists develop their work and change it throughout their lives and Jolomo does just that.
“This gallery was created to give the people of Ayrshires access to works that they might not otherwise be able to see; that has always been one of the gallery’s philosophies and this exhibition is exactly that.
“We are honored to show work which shows a whole new side of one of Scotland’s most popular artists.”
John Lowrie Morrison was educated at the Glasgow School of Art and worked in art education until he made the decision to paint full time in 1996.
Since then he has grown into one of Scotland’s most popular and successful artists, and his work has been purchased by celebrities such as Sting, Madonna and Simon Le Bon and by renowned collectors such as HRH the Princess Royal, Lady Anne Gloag and the Duke and Duchess. from Argyll.
Jolomo: a passion for color will be at the Galerie Maclaurin until September 5th.
Entrance is free, but reservation is recommended. Call (01292) 445447.
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