Centenary Exhibition03 Aug 2017 - 02 Sep 2017
In this Edinburgh Festival exhibition, we mark the centenary of the birth of Alberto Morrocco, one of the dominant figures in the Scottish art world in the second half of the 20th Century. His personality, described ‘in a few words’ by his friend David McClure in his introduction to our retrospective of 1990 Paintings from the Artist’s Studio, was full of ‘abundance, energy, intelligence and generosity of spirit.’ McClure went on to write “Alberto painted as an Italian operatic tenor sings that is with a passionate theatricality and always ‘con brio.’” There was something exotic about his rich voice, rolling ‘rs’, never far from laughter, but the accent, difficult for many to place, (Italian?) was pure Aberdonian. He had a commanding, Picasso-like presence to which all naturally gravitated, but he had none of the entitlement or arrogance which sometimes accompanies such a talent.