Jolomo - John Lowrie Morrison OBE
John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo) was born in Glasgow in 1948 and studied at Glasgow School of Art (1967-71). Since his first solo show in 1976 he has become phenomenally successful and is renowned for painting the West of Scotland.
In 2005 John established 'The Jolomo Foundation', a charitable body aimed at promoting and encouraging painting the Scottish landscape.
John donates a percentage of his sales and art works to charity each year. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Abertay Dundee University, for 'A Significant Contribution to Scottish Culture'. John was awarded an OBE in 2011 for 'Services to Art and Charity in Scotland'. The following year, he and his wife Maureen were invited by HRH The Princess Royal to become Vice Presidents of Carers Trust. In 2013 over 20,000 people visited his major retrospective exhibition at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery.
John was awarded the 'Great London Scot Award' for Lifetime Achievement in 2017 and in 2018 was invited to luncheon at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In the same year he preached at Crathie Kirk, Balmoral in the company of The Queen.
His work has been exhibited in USA, China and the UK. Four of John's paintings are in the Parliament Collection of the Scottish Government and his work is collected worldwide. Collectors include Madonna, Sting, Simon Le Bon, Gregor Fisher and Lord Patten.