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Major Scottish artist set to open first solo exhibition in South Ayrshire

 27 June 2017  |  


The exhibition runs throughout July

The exhibition runs throughout July

One of Scotland's most successful and best loved contemporary artists is preparing to open a major new exhibition in South Ayrshire. John Lowrie Morrison (better known as JOLOMO) will bring his distinctive style to Ayr's Maclaurin Galleries in his 'The Magical Light of the West' exhibition, which runs from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 30 July.

This exhibition will sit alongside a dynamic exhibition of new work by MESH - a collective of Scottish artists. Set up in 2011 this diverse group of ten artists came together to form a collective, providing skill and knowledge exchange, peer support and critical discussion.

In Rozelle House, tutors and students work from Ayrshire College Visual Arts courses, complete the offering at Rozelle. This is a fantastic exhibition of work by both staff and students of the HNC and HND Visual Arts courses at Ayrshire College, incorporating photography, jewellery, visual communications, art and design.

John Walker, Chair of the Maclaurin Trust looks forward to the exhibition. "We're proud to welcome John Lowrie Morrison to the Maclaurin for this important exhibition This is just a small taster of the wonderful work this internationally renowned artist does and we will follow it in 2018 when the Maclaurin Gallery hosts a Jolomo Retrospective, looking back at  his life and the enormous body of work he has produced."

Councillor Brian McGinley, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said the event was bound to pull in the crowds, "Following on from the fantastic success of our Goudie exhibition, we're thrilled to welcome another high profile artist to Ayr, where I'm sure there will be an enthusiastic response to the work on show.

"As an artist, JOLOMO, has personal connections to Ayrshire which he's keen to connect to, and I'm sure people from across the west of Scotland will travel to see his exhibition first hand, along with the high impact MESH exhibition, and the work from Ayrshire College.

"We're committed to making arts accessible to as wide an audience as possible, and the latest exhibitions at the Maclaurin Galleries and Rozelle are great examples of exciting partnerships which bring major artists to South Ayrshire."

Commenting ahead of the exhibition, John Lowrie Morrison said, "I've always known about the Maclaurin and Rozelle, and I have been meaning to come and visit for years. I do know the area quite well though, and I would say that Ayrshire is part of my psyche as I came down to paint at Culzean when I was a student at Glasgow School of Art during the late 60s and early 70s. I love painting on that part of the Scottish coast, the light is quite different from that of the West Coast of Argyll."

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