Grogport features in Lochgilphead’s Jolomo show

John Lowrie Morrison Toward the Light, Skipness, Argyll, £2,600.

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A best-selling  Tayvallich artist’s favourite Argyll spots are separated by the Kilbrannan Sound.

Ahead of a major exhibition of new paintings, John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo) revealed his top spots are Kildonan on Arran and Grogport.

MSP Michael Russell will open the show titled: Toward the Light – Arran and Kintyre, tomorrow at the Archway Gallery, Lochgilphead.

Jolomo said: ‘My first paintings of these two places were exhibited in the Royal Glasgow Institute exhibition in 1974! It’s wonderful to return to them.

‘The villages are not that far apart, separated by only a few miles of the Kilbrannan Sound.

‘The light there is magical, constantly changing as the weather belts in over Arran and low light from the south pushes its way through low clouds.

‘It might look like I’m painting landscape, but really I’m painting light. That’s one reason I love painting in Argyll – the light is constantly changing, bringing out different colours and tones.

Jolomo worked as an art teacher at Lochgilhead High School, and later as an art adviser in Strathclyde Region, before leaving education to paint full-time in 1997.

His expressionist landscapes of the West Coast in high-key colour quickly made him one of Scotland’s most popular and successful painters. His work has been purchased by celebrities including Madonna, Sting, Simon Le Bon and Gregor Fisher.

John Lowrie Morrison Toward the Light, Skipness, Argyll, £2,600. NO_c32skipness01_Jolomo