New ‘Jolomo’ exhibition in Rothesay

The Castle Gallery in Rothesay's High Street.

The Castle Gallery in Rothesay's High Street.

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Brand new works created on Bute by one of Scotland’s most successful artists will be unveiled at a Rothesay gallery next month.

The new creations by John Lowrie Morrison OBE - better known in the art world as ‘Jolomo’ - will go on show at the Castle Gallery in High Street from Saturday, February 13 to Saturday, March 5 in a brand new exhibition, ‘The Magical Light of Bute’.

David Gardner from the Castle Gallery told The Buteman: “John was the very first solo exhibitor when the Castle Gallery opened - in fact, his first show was the inspiration for us to carry on and do other things - and his last show on Bute was in 2010, so it’ll be great to have him back.

“He’s always been incredibly enthusiastic about coming back to Bute - in fact this time he contacted us and said ‘I’ve got a slot when I’m available’, and we were delighted.”

Based at his home and studio in Tayvallich in Argyll, Morrison turned to painting full-time in 1996 after more than 20 years working as an art teacher and art adviser.

He founded the Jolomo Award, a prestigious annual award for Scottish landscape painting and the UK’s largest privately-funded arts award, in 2007; the prize fund totals £35,000, with £25,000 of that going to the winner.