James Morrison | New Landscape Paintings 2002
A catalogue to accompany James Morrisons exhibition in November 2002
James Morrison is without question one of the United Kingdom's greatest landscape artists and at seventy he has he ambition and energy, curiosity and humility, to let us look forward to many more wonderful exhibitions.
A painted landscape asks us to begin a journey and its far horizon is a reminder that the journey is endless, limited only by our mortality. In this exhibition of new paintings James Morrison is able to address important issues of spirituality and ecology. Our usual experience of landscape is as flashing past a train window or peripherally absorbed as our car eats up the despoiling road. The intense stillness in the chill air in Snow at Farnell invites us to hold our breath for a few transcendent moments: the elemental forces which shaped our mountain landscape seems still potent in Cloud Mountain, Quinag and Loch Glencoul reminding us of our short span on earth.
In this sense the artist is visionary; helping us grasp both the breadth and intimacy of landscape; not just to seek out inherent beauty and drama but to give us pause to consider it's significance.
This catalogue sold out in April 2021 and won't be reprinted. We are working on a new publication with John Morrison which will be released ahead of the Memorial Exhibition in June 2022.