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New exhibition by renowned artist Jolomo

12 August 2014

Image copyright Jolomo

A new exhibition by renowned artist, John Lowrie Morrison, also known as Jolomo is to open in the North East of Scotland.

The exhibition, entitled  ‘Westlight – Northeastlight’ opens at Duff House in Banff later this month and brings together for the first time artwork inspired by the contrasting light and distinctive landscapes of Scotland’s East and West coast.

Over 60 works will be on display including new interpretations of many of Scotland’s most spectacular coastal settings from the beaches and crofts of Islay and Harris, to the lighthouses of Rattray Head and Buchan Ness, to the villages of Crovie and Pennan.

Jolomo – a graduate of Glasgow School of Art - is one of Scotland’s best known and most prolific artists with his expressionist interpretations of Scottish landscapes sought by collectors from all over the world. His paintings have been bought by many famous faces including Sting, Madonna and Rick Stein.

John Lowrie Morrison OBE said;

“This exhibition brings together for the first time my interpretation of the distinctive landscapes of the East and West coasts of Scotland, which offer a spectacular natural canvas.  

“I might be painting crofts and hills and lighthouses, but really I’m painting light. The light on the East Coast is quite different to the West Coast. In the East, the morning light is very special because that’s where the sun rises. On the West Coast, even if the weather is dull, the light is fantastic.

“The exhibition is designed to highlight and celebrate the differences between the two and I hope it will be enjoyed by visitors to the House.”

The exhibition will open on 31st August and will run until 26th October. It forms part of a series of exhibitions and events at Duff House over the course of 2014 which form part of the wider ‘Year of Homecoming’ programme with events taking place the length and breadth of the country.

Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland who run Duff House said;

“We are delighted to be exhibiting John’s work at Duff House. The exhibition will provide visitors with the opportunity to view work by one of Scotland’s most prolific artists in this new presentation which will feature interpretations of some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.”

Entry to the exhibition is included within admission to Duff House. Exhibition only tickets are also available. For further information please visit or

Picture caption: John Lowrie Morrison’s Winterlight Buchan Ness Lighthouse will feature in Westlight – Northeastlight, a new exhibition of the artist’s work which opens at Duff House in Banff on 31 August 2014. Copyright: by permission of the artist.

About John Lowrie Morrison

John Lowrie Morrison was born in Glasgow and trained at Glasgow School of Art. He worked in education for 25 years, taking up painting full-time in 1997. He lives and works in Argyll. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of the West of Scotland and from Abertay University for a significant contribution to Scottish culture. In 2011, he received an OBE for services to art and charity in Scotland. He was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at Clydebank Town Hall Museum & Art Gallery in summer 2013. For more information please visit

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