Art lovers head to new Jolomo exhibition

JOLOMO'SPECTRUM MAGAZINE'JOHN LOWRIE MORRISON PHOTOGRAPHED AT HIS SECOND STUDIO ON THE ISLE OF MULL.''PHOTOGRAPHER: ROB MCDOUGALL'07856 222 103'info@robmcdougall.com'WWW.ROBMCDOUGALL.COM

JOLOMO'SPECTRUM MAGAZINE'JOHN LOWRIE MORRISON PHOTOGRAPHED AT HIS SECOND STUDIO ON THE ISLE OF MULL.''PHOTOGRAPHER: ROB MCDOUGALL'07856 222 103'info@robmcdougall.com'WWW.ROBMCDOUGALL.COM

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Art lovers from all over Scotland are expected to flock to see Jolomo: A Hebridean Light, which opened on Saturday.

John Lowrie Morrison (known as “Jolomo”), one of Scotland’s best-loved artists, opened the exhibition of new work at The Strathearn Gallery in Crieff.

The gallery’s new owners, Scott and Susan Bennett, are delighted to be showing 50 new paintings from the Argyll-based artist, who is one of the best-selling artists in the country.

They took over the Strathearn Gallery in June from the Maguire family, who had run it successfully for 19 years.

The new paintings include landscapes of Iona, Mull, Colonsay and Gigha in Jolomo’s trademark colourful style.

Although the recession has brought difficult times for many in the art world, Jolomo continues to enjoy sell-out shows across the country, and says he has trouble keeping up with the demand for his work. This summer, he was the subject of a major Retrospective exhibition at Clydebank Town Hall, Museum & Art Gallery, which attracted thousands of visitors.

He said: “In all honesty, I can’t keep up. I’m continually turning down requests from galleries for my work.

“I’m very fortunate in that my work has always sold well, and sales have kept up in these straightened times. Auction house sales of my work are also good, so people continue to follow my work and buy it when it becomes available.”

Taking over the gallery has been something of a homecoming for Susan, who grew up in the Perthshire village of Scone. She and her husband been working in the London area for the last 10 years.