John Lowrie Morrison Quay Gallery Guernsey

John Lowrie Morrison was born in Glasgow in 1948 and from an early age he showed a talent for art. After completing a degree in Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art he set out to pursue a career in art and design; he funded his painting by teaching, firstly as Head of Art and Design at Lochgilphead High School and then as Art Adviser for the Strathclyde Region. During this formative period John travelled extensively around Europe with his family and it was at this time that he began to develop the distinctive style that has brought him so much success.
Working in oil on paper or canvas, his vigorous application of paint in carefree, seemingly random strokes breaths life into his work, which conveys the rugged scenery of the Scottish Highlands with its crofts, inlets and villages. His bold use of colour adds an energy and intensity to each image and allows us not simply to view the landscape, but to experience it.
John now devotes himself full time to painting and has held a number of successful exhibitions in the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong and New York. His images can now be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world and stars such as Madonna and Sting have become avid collectors.
“I have never seen anything to compare with the distinctive quality of Scottish west coast light and it is this that provides the single greatest inspiration for my work. It brings a dazzling clarity to the landscape it illuminates, which I constantly strive to capture in my paintings.”