New ‘Jolomo’ exhibition opens in Rothesay this weekend

Artist John Lowrie Morrison - a.k.a. 'Jolomo'.
Artist John Lowrie Morrison - a.k.a. 'Jolomo'.

Fans of one of Scotland’s most successful artists are planning a trip to Bute this spring to catch a new exhibition of his work.

John Lowrie Morrison - known as “Jolomo” - kicks off a busy year of exhibitions with a show titled ‘The Magical Light of Bute’, opening at the Castle Gallery in Rothesay on Saturday, February 13 - and art lovers from various parts of the west of Scotland are already planning to visit.

John has chosen to concentrate exclusively on Bute landscapes for this exhibition, from crofts and cottages to dramatic views towards the ‘Arran Alps’. He is well known for his distinctive landscape paintings of the West Coast of Scotland and the islands, but says Bute has a unique flavour.

“Bute does have a magical light,” he said. “It’s quite different, maybe because of where it’s positioned in the Firth of Clyde and what’s around it.

“The Scottish west coast is famed for its beautiful light that is ever-changing. The Isle of Bute is a supreme example of that quality.

“I have been painting for 50 years now, and The Magical Light of Bute still entrances me to paint it.”

David Gardner, owner of the Castle Gallery, said: “We are delighted to host ‘The Magical Light of Bute’, a new exhibition of work by John Lowrie Morrison. This new collection of work is very atmospheric and captures the magical interplay of light on the beautiful landscape of the Isle of Bute.

“It promises to brighten what has been a long drab winter with some ‘Magical Light’!”

John Lowrie Morrison, who lives and works in Argyll, worked for 25 years in art education before making the decision to paint full-time.

His distinctive colourful landscapes of Scotland quickly made him one of the country’s most popular painters, with celebrities such as Sting, Madonna and Rick Stein buying his work.