New ‘Jolomo’ exhibition in Rothesay

The Castle Gallery in Rothesay's High Street.
The Castle Gallery in Rothesay's High Street.

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.