A Scottish artist with an international reputation returns to the Torrance Gallery in Edinburgh for an annual exhibition which has always been immensely popular. John Lowrie Morrison opens his new exhibition there on 14th January and will donate five per cent of all sales to The Princess Royal Trust VOCAL Carers’ Centre, based in Edinburgh.
John Lowrie Morrison, who signs his work ‘jolomo’, was featured in a BBC 2 documentary on his life and work in 2004. Described by The Scotsman as ‘Scotland’s most successful artist’, John is a prolific painter of vibrant canvasses which depict the magical, almost spiritual, scenery of Scotland.
John has exhibited in the UK, America and Hong Kong and is a prolific painter whose work is included in collections held by Sting, Madonna and the Duke of Argyll.
Of this new exhibition, ‘Crinan’, John says: ‘The Crinan exhibition at the Torrance Gallery this year is a celebration of Crinan itself and so much more, not least the puffers which ply their trade through this unique waterway, even today. The body of work in the exhibition features many of these puffers and tugs and also the old ‘Ark’ and Wagon, where canal workers were billeted and which are now used as floating homes.’
John continues: ‘This year is also a celebration of 100 years since Inveraray's Neil Munro wrote the Para Handy stories under the name of Hugh Foulis. All of this has ‘informed’ the work of the exhibition.’
The Torrance Gallery was established in Edinburgh in 1970 and presents affordable and continually changing contemporary art exhibitions. John Lowrie Morrison has been exhibiting there for almost a decade, with frenetic buying on opening day, and from the Gallery website, ensuring that his exhibitions are a sellout.
John and his wife, Maureen, are Patrons of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and they will donate five per cent of proceeds from this exhibition to The Princess Royal Trust VOCAL Carers’ Centre in Edinburgh. As carers themselves, they are strong supporters of the work of The Trust and understand the strains and stresses which carers face on a daily basis.
VOCAL is the Voice of Carers Across Lothian, a carer-led independent charitable organisation which manages The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre in Edinburgh and supports over 4,000 carers every year. Last year, the Carers’ Centre expanded their premises at Johnstone Terrace and, in terms of the number of carers supported, is the largest in Scotland
Elaine McGonigle, Director in Scotland of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, says: ‘The Trust is delighted that John Lowrie Morrison continues to support the work of the Trust. Our thanks must go to John, and his wife Maureen, for their continuing contribution to vital fundraising that allows the Trust to continue to work for the benefit of carers in Edinburgh and throughout the country.’