James Morrison RSA RSW LLD

Born Glasgow, 11 April 1932. Painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes. Educated Hillhead High School, trained Glasgow School of Art 1950-54. In 1965 lecturer at Dundee College of Art. Won the Torrance Memorial Prize 1958. Founder member of the Glasgow Group. Moved to Catterline , Kincardineshire 1959. Artist in residence at Hospitalfield, Arbroath 1962-63; member SSA Council 1964-67. Settled in Montrose 1965, obtaining a travelling scholarship to visit Greece 1968. His paintings have moved between realism and abstraction. In his early days he was one of the Dundee Seven. Recently has concentrated on large, usually rectangular, oil paintings, often with wide expanse of sea and sand. Left his teaching post at Dundee College of Art in 1987 to concentrate on his painting.

Elected RSW 1970, ARSA shortly afterwards, RSA c 1989. His first exhibition was in Glasgow 1956. This brought immediate recognition for his portrayal of run-down tenements in Glasgow.

Represented in Aberdeen AG, Dundee AG, Glasgow AG, Perth AG, Ridderkerk (Holland).

Biography - Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture - Peter J M McEwan