Born in Glasgow in 1948, John Lowrie Morrison OBE (Jolomo) is one of Scotland’s most loved artists. Having studied art at Glasgow School of Art, he went on to pursue a successful career, spanning 25 years, in art education. Since his first solo show in 1976, Jolomo has become a highly successful artist best known for his painting of the West of Scotland, filled with colour and passion. John became a full-time artist in 1997 and has successfully exhibited in solo and mixed exhibitions in Scotland, England, Hong Kong and the USA. His spectacular career has been captured in film, in the DVD, ‘I Know Where I am Going’ by mitchellmcglone and the BBC TV Film, ‘A Man with the Golden Brush’ and in the books, ‘The Colour of Life’ and ‘Jolomo - Retrospective’. John frequently features in the media, most recently on the television programmes, ‘Blethering Scots’ and ‘Elizabeth Queen of Scots’.
John donates a percentage of his sales, and art works to charity each year. In 2012, he and his wife Maureen were invited by HRH The Princess Royal to become Vice Presidents of Carers Trust.In 2008 John was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland and in 2009 received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Abertay Dundee University, for “A significant contribution to Scottish culture”. In the 2011 New Year’s Honours List John received an OBE for services to art and to charity in Scotland. In 2005 John established The Jolomo Foundation, a charitable body aimed at promoting and encouraging the painting of the Scottish landscape. Through The Foundation the Jolomo Awards were launched. The current ‘prize pot’ of £35,000 makes them the largest privately funded Arts Award in the UK. During the summer of 2013 a major retrospective of John’s work was held at Clydebank Town Hall, Museum & Gallery. It proved hugely successful and was viewed by over 20.000 visitors.