Landscape Artists in the Portfolio
9TH JUNE 2021
Landscapes are one of the most widely recognised and highly appreciated genres of painting.
They depict natural scenery and can be either real, such as topographical views of specific places, or entirely imaginary. The Western tradition of landscape painting extends back to early medieval art, where landscapes were settings for action scenes, often of a religious or regal nature. It was not until the 17th century that landscapes became an established independent genre in Europe, and the 19th century that landscapes received critical and institutional acclaim from John Ruskin and the Royal Academy – partly due to the English Romanticism of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.
The most famous developments in the tradition emerged in the late 20th century in France with the advent of Impressionism. Pioneering a style of painting loose brushwork and en plein air (outside), artists such as Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro painted with the aim of capturing the fleeting beauty of nature. Post-Impressionists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse took this further, liberating colour in striking compositions of landscape subjects. The rich history of landscape painting has informed the work of many contemporary artists today, and the legacies of pioneering artists are still as relevant as ever.
Landscape artists in our portfolio include:
John Lowrie Morrison O.B.E.
One of Scotland’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, John Lowrie Morrison, affectionately known as ‘Jolomo’, paints vivid scenes of the wild Hebridean landscape. Born in 1948, Jolomo displayed a talent from a young age, copying chocolate box pictures that his mother brought home from work. Between 1967-1971 he attended the Glasgow School of Art where he broke away from the prevailing pop art and abstraction trend in favour of landscapes.
Influenced by the expressive styles of Oskar Kokoschka, Marc Chagall, and Chaïm Soutine, Jolomo has developed an energetic style sweeping the viewer into the wild beauty of the rugged Highlands and Scottish coastline.
Jolomo has exhibited internationally, with his work the subject of BBC documentary, ‘The Man with the Golden Brush’, and the book, ‘The Colour of Life’. In the summer of 2013, there was a major retrospective of his work at the refurbished Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery. Jolomo continues to work in Scotland as one of the most eminent landscape artists of his generation.
A true descendant of the Post-Impressionists, Lucy Pratt’s vibrant paintings betray her sense of humour, capturing still-lifes, city scenes and landscapes with a contagious joie de vivre [lust for life]. Colour, light and vitality abound in Pratt’s compositions, with the often-playful depictions defying the calculated formal reductions and tonal harmonies that go into the paintings. The Devonshire and Cornish coast are two of Pratt’s favourite subjects, though her love for travel has seen her portray landscapes from the South of France to India.
Pratt’s enchanting paintings have received considerable critical and public acclaim, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition where her submissions caught the eye of critics and collectors alike.
Working in an eclectic array of mixed media, including oil, pencil, charcoal, pastels and ink, Michael Rumsby constructs vast, expressive canvases that verge on abstract. Although he studied art and art history at the University of Lancaster, he “reluctantly” climbed the corporate ladder of an international firm before quitting in 2010 as Global Communications Director to pursue painting full-time.
Rumsby has never looked back, painting in a manner akin to the 19th Century English Romantics – beginning outside with studies, drawings and photographs before finalising compositions in the studio. The unmistakeable dynamism of his compositions, which he insists are a result of growing up by the North Sea on the Suffolk coast, and texture of the canvases mark his landscapes as some of the most energetic in the Clarendon portfolio.
Born in 1940, Jeffrey Pratt grew up a frustrated artist, forced to manage the family business instead of pursuing his true passion. It was not until 1986, following part-time studies at St. Martin’s School of Art, that he began to exhibit regularly, initially in America. Whilst many may have used up all their inspiration, the result of having to wait so long is an insatiable desire to paint. In his own words: “For me, the constant shifting of light, colour, and weather is a magical, joyful and spiritual experience”.
Pratt frequently travels and finds the light of Southern France and Africa particularly inspiring. Painting in the manner of the Impressionists, en plein air, he utilises bold brushwork and colour harmonies to capture the momentary beauty of natural light and changing weather.
Treading a fine line between realism and abstract, Neil Nelson paints large, brooding landscapes and seascapes that embody the sublime. Nelson employs an almost sculptural approach to his paintings: gouging, scraping, slicing, erasing and reapplying paint that he sometimes mixes with other media, such as marble dust, beeswax or sand, to add texture. He explains: “It all goes towards creating the texture I’m looking for. I quite like the idea of having actual materials from the earth going into my landscape paintings”.
The results are strikingly potent: vast panoramic views punctuated by dark chasms and distant pools of light. Faced with the spectacle of Nelson’s paintings, there is an overwhelming sense of awe as you are confronted by untamed forceful elements of nature at their most dramatic.