Art exhibition inspired by Bute

John Lowrie Morrison OBE, known as Jolomo. Photo by  Colin Hattersley Photography
John Lowrie Morrison OBE, known as Jolomo. Photo by Colin Hattersley Photography

One of Scotland’s most popular artists will unveil a new collection of paintings inspired by Bute at a Rothesay art gallery this weekend.

John Lowrie Morrison OBE, known as “Jolomo”, will open his latest exhibition, Isle of Bute - Springlight, at The Castle Gallery on Saturday.

He has visited many times to paint and continues to be inspired by the island’s special light – and its beech hedges.

John said: “Bute is a very beautiful island. Everywhere has its own peculiar light, and Bute has a wonderful magical light, especially on the west side of the island with the amazing backdrop of the Arran Alps. Who would want to paint anything else?

“For this show, I have painting the fantastic beech hedges which seem to be everywhere on Bute, especially in the west of the island. The dead beech leaves are a burnt orange colour, which I see as a much more heightened orange, with my expressionist eye. I’ve been painting beech hedges since the late 1960s when I first saw them in Ayrshire, although there weren’t as many there as there are on Bute!

“I have been exhibiting at the Castle Gallery since it opened. I enjoy exhibiting in small galleries as well as in the big London galleries.”