Jolomo – Away to the Hebrides, Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street St. James’s, London SW1, 18th – 30th May 2015
It is not hard to believe that this is the 14th London show for the very popular Scottish artist (Dr John Lowrie Morrison OBE) who has a deserved worldwide following, including celebrities such as Sting, Rick Stein and Madonna. His works always bring a breath of fresh Scottish air to London and who knows the SNP MP’s may do the same for the House of Commons.
The exhibition’s title derives from the 19th century Scottish artist Sir William McTaggart’s painting ‘Away to the West’ and Jolomo explains “I always thought it was a very evocative title, ever since I was school. It evokes that romantic feeling which I have about the West Coast, and the Hebrides in particular. Growing up in Glasgow, it just made me want to be out there. I thought it would be really good to bring a sense of that to London, which is so far away from the Hebrides it might as well be Outer Mongolia!”
There are some sixty new works, reflecting trips over the decades to the islands, including the area his father grew up in. Jolomo adds “It’s tied in with my thoughts of the past as well, my family’s past, and what they did, cutting the peat, cutting the hay, collecting the seaweed to put down into the soil to help grow vegetables. The paintings almost always have traces of human life, a haystack, or a ladder against a wall.”
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