James Morrison has exhibited with The Scottish Gallery since the fifties and has been represented here exclusively since 1989. His previous show, Decades, which began our 175th anniversary year in 2017, showcased paintings from the seventy years of his painting life. In From Angus to the Arctic, his twenty-fifth show with us, we are delighted to include his most recent work, made around his studio south of Montrose. The show is also a retrospective of the subject of Angus. Morrison first came to Catterline in 1960, a move partly inspired by the presence of Joan Eardley and the beginning of a lifelong love of the varied landscape of The Mearns.
A selection from his three Arctic expeditions, created between 1990 and 1996, is hung alongside as a counterpoint: one group reveals a changing, vulnerable landscape of ice and water; the other, something far more ancient, but carrying the history of man in its fields, hedgerows and hamlets. Morrison’s painting is beyond representation and remains relevant to whichever sky under which he has worked.
Charleton View details
Charletonc. 1965mixed media on paperH:29cm W:50cm£1,950St. Cyrus View details
St. Cyrus1970pen, watercolour and gouacheH:30cm W:31cm£1,950Green Valley View details
Green Valley1972watercolourH:63.5cm W:105cm£4,500Farnell View details
Farnell1973pencil and watercolourH:71cm W:107cm£6,500Raised Beach, St Cyrus View details
Raised Beach, St Cyrus1970pen, ink and watercolourH:38cm W:110cm£4,850Rolling Landscape, Towards Glenesk View details
Rolling Landscape, Towards Glenesk1973oil on boardH:49cm W:91cm£7,500Rescobie View details
Rescobie1985oil on gesso on boardH:25.5cm W:40cm£3,250River Mark I View details