John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo ) OBE
Born in 1948 in Maryhill, Glasgow, John is now one of Scotland’s most loved artists. Having studied art at Glasgow School of Art from 1967-1971, he went on to undertake postgraduate studies at GSA in 1971-1972 and then a Dip Ed in 1972-1973. For more than 25 years John pursued a successful career in art education from his base in Argyll, West Scotland, rising to Principal Teacher of Art at Lochgilphead High School and Art Adviser to Strathclyde Region. Since his first solo show in 1976 Jolomo has become a highly successful artist. John has become best known for his painting of the West of Scotland, filled with colour and passion.
Giving up his teaching career to paint full time in 1997, John has successfully exhibited his work in solo and mixed exhibitions at numerous galleries in Scotland, England, Hong Kong and the USA. His spectacular career has been captured in film, in the DVD “I Know Where I am Going” by mitchellmcglone and the BBC TV Film, “A Man With the Golden Brush” and in the books “The Colour of Life” and “Jolomo - Retrospective”. John frequently features in the media, most recently on the television programmes “Blethering Scots” and “Elizabeth Queen of Scots”.
John donates a percentage of his sales to charity and makes significant donations of art work to charity each year. In November 2012, John and his wife Maureen were invited by HRH The Princess Royal to become Vice Presidents of Carers Trust.
In November 2008 John was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland and in November 2009 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Abertay Dundee University, for “A significant contribution to Scottish culture”. In the 2011 New Year’s Honours List John received an OBE for services to art and to charity in Scotland.
In 2005 John established The Jolomo Foundation, a charitable body aimed at promoting and encouraging the painting of the Scottish landscape. Through The Foundation, the Jolomo Awards were launched in 2006 with the first Awards being made in June 2007 and then again in 2009 and 2011.
The Jolomo Foundation launched the Awards for the fourth time in September 2012. The Awards prize pot will be £35,000, the winner receiving £25,000, making them the largest privately funded Arts Award in the UK.
The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards 2013 will be presented at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow in June 2013. For more information see www.jolomofoundation.org and www.jolomo.com
John Lowrie Morrison’s Retrospective will be held in the summer of 2013 in the newly refurbished Clydebank Town Hall, Museum & Gallery.
Photography by Hannah Hills
1948 Born Glasgow
1952 - 1959 Dowanhill Primary School. Glasgow
1959 - 1960 Hyndland Prep School. Glasgow
1960 - 1967 Hyndland Secondary School. Glasgow
1962 Invented the sobriquet JOLOMO ... during a Latin lesson!
1965 Sold first painting for £ 10 (a copy of his Grandfather’s work)
1967 - 1971 Studied Glasgow School of Art. Drawing & Painting.
1969 Worked for a summer at Templeton’s Carpets Glasgow,
designing rugs, and learning colour balance and mixing ...
in the Slab Room! Met wife Maureen at Templeton’s.
1970 Visited Switzerland, where high key colour first entered palette. Visited
Paris, studing the work of Chagall and Soutine, particularly their use of the
1971 Developed distinctive expressive style, with blue as the ‘key’ colour.
1971 Travelling Scholarship from the Royal Academy Schools. London, working mainly
around the Drymen area ... especially Duncryne Hill developing in particular
the use of the colour blue, which is now the Trademark of a JOLOMO painting.
1971 Taught evening class in Glasgow.
1971 W.O. Hutchison Drawing Prize. Glasgow School of Art.
1971 - 1972 Post Graduate Study, GSA - mainly figurative work.
1972 - 1973 Dip. Ed. Prim ISec. Jordanhill College. Glasgow.
1973 Moved to Argyll - Teaching in Lochgilphead High School. Teaching also in
12 Mid - Argyll Primary Schools.
1976 First Solo Show.
1978 Moved to Tayvallich in the depths of Knapdale.
1982 Painted on Harris and visited family croft at Kyles.
1984 Painted in Holland.
1985 Began signing paintings with ‘JOLOMO’
1987 - 1989 T.V.E.I. Coordinator. Lochgilphead High School.
1988 - 1994 Principal Teacher of Art. Lochgilphead High School. Argyll.
1978 -1998 Art & Design Examiner with Scottish Examination Board.
1984 - 1994 Staff Tutor Art & Design. Argyll + Bute.
1984 - 1988 Involved in Standard Grade Development.
1988 - 1996 Higher Still Advisory Panel.
1990 Painted in Loire area of France - further developed use of high key colour.
1993 Painted on the Uists and Benbecula.
1994 - 1996 Art Adviser. Strathclyde Region.
1995 Painted in the Duras area of Southern France.
1996 Took job severance from Strathclyde Region to paint and work as an Art Adviser,
privately working for many Educational bodies such as ‘Glasgow 1999’, ‘Glasgow
Museums,’ ‘Glasgow School of Art Education, ’‘ N.S.E.A.D’, ‘The
Scottish Office Higher Still Development Programme,’ ‘The Design
Council’ ... and many Scottish schools.
1997 November 1997 ... severed all Education links to paint full time!
2000 Film made by ARTWORK ‘John Lowrie Morrison in action
2001 Film made by Scottish Television ‘John Lowrie Morrison - Scottish
2002 DVD Film made - ‘I Know Where I’m Going’
2002 Book published by Scottish Christian Press - ‘The Colour of Life’
2002 Sponsored by The Scottish Arts Council.
2002 Set apart as a Lay Reader with the Church of Scotland.
2003 BBC TV Film - ‘The Man with the Golden Brush’ Artworks Scotland
2003 Along with wife Maureen, became Patrons of “The Priness Royal Trust
2004 Major commission from Duke & Duchess of Argyll to paint 4 images of
Inveraray Castle in all seasons
2004 New Retrospective Hardback book published, titled - “John Lowrie Morrison
2005 HRH The Princess Royal officially opens the Air Gallery Solo Show in London
2005 Alex Salmond MP opens the Duff House Show in Banff, Duff House is part of
the National Galleries of
2005 Solo show at Kranenburg Fine Art. Oban titled “The Lighthouse & The
Castle“ a study of the lighthouses and castles, mainly of Argyll. This
is the largest exhibition to date with 175 works !
2006 First solo show in USA at the Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts
2006 May: Launch of Jolomo Lloyds TSB Awards
2006 Visit to Northern Brittany to make studies of Brittany coast.
2006 A visit by Chinese Arts journalists and arts editors to the Jolomo studio.
This was arranged by the Scottish Executive.
2007 Acquires a house and studio on West Mull
2007 Presented the Arts Award at the Glenfiddich Spirtit of Scotland Awards,
Kelvingrove Art Galleries. Glasgow.
2007 Commissioned by First Minister Rt. Hon Alex Salmond and Mrs Moira Salmond
to paint an image of Linlithgow Palace for their official Christmas card.
2008 February BBC filming at The Studio for Nick Nairn's Landward programme
March Private exhibition with Knight Frank in Regent Terrace Edinburgh April Launch of Jolomo Wines at The Cal Mac Terminal Oban
May Featured with 6 works in the Scottish Colourist Exhibition at Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery September Launch of the 2009 Jolomo Foundation Scottish Landscape Painting Awards at The National Galleries of Scotland Edinburgh October PSYBT Jolomo Awards for Arts & Crafts presented in The Kranenburg Fine Art Gallery Oban Argyll
November Awarded Doctor of the University from The West of Scotland University Paisley December First solo show at Aberdeen Art Gallery sponsored by KPMG Worked constantly throughout Argyll & The Hebrides painting at Studio One in West Argyll and Studio Two on West Mull.
2009 January Guest on Ian Anderson's BBC Scotland Programme at The Celtic Connections Royal Glasgow Concert Hall March The First Minister's 2008 Christmas Card painting of "Snow Falls on Linlithgow" is auctioned for £ 10.000.00 at The Sportsman's Charity Dinner Prestonfield Edinburgh
May The Jolomo Foundation Scottish Landscape Painting Awards shortlisted artists exhibition at Lloyds Banking Group Henry Duncan House Edinburgh
June The Jolomo Awards held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow
Exhibition "On The Edge of Buchan Part 2" opened by The First Minister Rt.Hon Alex Salmond
November Private exhibition hosted by Barclay's Wealth Glasgow Exhibition Hosted and sponsored by Lloyd's Banking Group at the Bank of Scotland
The Mound Edinburgh Opened by Sir Tom Farmer and MC Shareen Nanjiani in Aid of Mary's Meals Awarded a second Doctorate "Doctor of Arts" from The University of Abertay. Dundee
December Invited to open The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art at The Smith Art Gallery & Museum Stirling
Continued to work throughout Argyll & The Hebrides in Studio One and more extensively at Studio Two on Mull