James Morrison RSA RSW

1932-2020. Born in Glasgow, James "Jimmy" Morrison studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1950-4. In 1957, along with Anda Paterson and James Spence, he founded the Glasgow Group of artists.

He won the William Torrance Memorial Award (RGI) and was a lecturer at Dundee College of Art from 1965. He was Head of Department from 1979 until 1987 when he left to paint full time. Morrison was an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).

Whilst in Glasgow he painted several striking canvases of Glasgow tenements. Best known as a landscape painter, his main working areas were the lush farmland around his home in Angus and the rugged landscape of Assynt in Sutherland.

His work in widely represented in public and corporate collections including city Galleries of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh as well as various banks, insurance companies, BBC and Grampian TV. Morrison had one man shows in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, including with Compass Gallery and Gerber Fine Art, and in Germany and Toronto. He was one of ‘Ten West of Scotland Painters’ in Belfast Arts Council Gallery organised by the New Charing Cross Gallery in 1966. Other notable group shows include Three Centuries Scottish Painting, National Gallery of Canada 1968; Scottish Painting in Holland 1980; Art in the City, McLean Gallery, London 1981; Noise & Smokey Breath, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow 1983; Different Kinds of Good Weather, Arts Council Tour 1984; The Parks in Glasgow, Compass Gallery, Glasgow 1985; The Festival of Gardens, Fine Art Society, Glasgow 1988.