John Lowrie Morrison:
John was born in 1948, Maryhill, Glasgow and from a young age has had a fascination by art. In 1967 – 71 he studied at Glasgow school of art – main focus was on drawing and painting, printmaking and textile studies. He then becomes known as an expressionist oil painter of Scottish landscapes.
In 1971 it was clear he was developing a distinctive expressive style i.e. his use a blues which throughout a lot of his paintings was an evident/key colour. Throughout a lot of his work he travelled; London working a lot of the time in the Drymen area developing his particular use of the colour blue which is now the Trademark of a JOLOMO painting.
John Lowrie Morrison works in Oil on paper or on canvas and his brush strokes are random and large, scratchy and messy which to me brings his work to life. The scenery of his somewhat distorted scenery of the highlands in Scotland contrasts which helps the painting to breathe. His bold use of strong contrasting hot and cold colours blend and separate in a sense which creates the illusion of one being there and witnessing the scene. The Scottish Highlands are cold, bitter, and windy and out of sorts and his use of cold colours, strong, fast, sketchy and rugged looking really adds energy to the viewing to each of his images. It not only allows us to view the landscape painting but mentally experiences it.
With a lot of Morrison’s paintings, he works in deep, strong vibrant colours; his applies the paint thickly and at a very quick pace. He also scratches in the paint which creates a rough texture. In some of my work, I’ve worked specifically with converting the backgrounds in landscapes into abstract form. And I apple the depth of colour in the image more dramatically in my work similar to the vibrancy of the colours in his work.
Ralph Goings was born May 9th, 1928 and died September 4th, 2016. He was an American painter best known for his closely association with the Photorealism Movement in the last 1960’s. Ralph Goings was best known for his extremely highly detailed paintings of Pick-up trucks, hamburger stands, in-door classic American restaurants, California banks. Ralph Goings was born into a working class family in California and was brought up during the Great Depression.
In his freshman year at high school he was exposed to painting and the whole subject of art and through the inspiration of Rembrandt at his local library this led to him to carry art onwards. His main encouragement to draw was by his aunt whom bought him books and instructional materials on how to draw. From a local hardware store, he bought paint and began using paint a lot and also canvases – when these weren’t available he would improvise and use old bed sheets instead.
Ralph Goings for a number of years has been one of major artists whom inspired me to paint realistically. Referring back to secondary school, my paintings have always been aimed to re-create an image using poster paint as realistically as possible – there is no definition why I work in this style. It was a style I’ve always worked in and felt comfortable working because I like objects to be exact.
Leonid Afremov was born on the 12th of July 1955 in Vitebsk, Belarus. Both his mother and his father were working class; his father a shoe designer and maker and his mother worked in a metal factory in Vitebsk. In school, Afremov was a good student and had a particular interest in Art and History. Afremov would attend all the possible classes with Art that was offered in the school at the time. From an early age, his parents noticed his unique talent for painting mostly inspired from his parents, classes and private classes with artists encourage to pursue the subject into more detail and to develop his talents. But at the age of 14 Leonid was exposed to an extreme cold which had resulted in his kidney being damaged which forever a long term effect on him as it had resulted in Hypertension which – to this day – he still struggles with.
Leonid Afremov has a very unique style that is very distinctive style that cannot be confused with other artists because it is so recognisable. Unlike most artists who use different types of paint brushes, Afremov using but a palette knife – an old one that is used for scraping paint of a palette. What’s very distinctive about his use of colour in the second example image. In this piece, Leonid Afremov uses primary, secondary and complimentary colours. In the background the trees which have been accented begin to fade into smudges and mixes of hot yellows, oranges and reds, along to the other side of the painting, the trees there appear to have been painted in cool, soft blues, purples and greens which combined create a very misty, hazy scenery. Usually night time is very dark unpredictable time but from the combination of these hot fiery colours against the watery cool colours this creates a feeling of love and beauty in the night – these highly contrasting colours really make the painting stand out and since its eye level it’s as if you are there. In his light hour piece is a good example of texture, the paint has been applied very smoothly and thickly, and almost smeared along the sky giving a sense of peace and calmness about the scenery. The sky reflecting with the water being cool and calm allows this to be easy on the eye.
Bob Ross was born in Florida at Daytona Beach to mother and father Jack and Ollie Ross whom were a carpenter and waitress. Ross from a young age has always loved helping for the caring of injured animals that includes snakes, alligators and armadillos. Ross had dropped out of high school in 9th grade to work as a carpenter along with his father, Jack Ross, had lost part of his left index finger; fortunately this did not – in any way – affect his ability to hold the palette whilst he was painting.
Bob Ross developed a particularly unique style of painting which was effected by a technique he used called “Wet-on-wet oil” painting, which allows the painter to continue adding paint on top of the still-wet paint rather than having to wait a length of time to apply another layer of paint on and wait for it to dry. The wet painting method also allowed the use of large and small brushes well as painting knives, in a matter of seconds bob was able to paint very highly detailed clouds, mountains, trees and water in an unbelievable amount of time (as seen by his 3 examples at the bottom of the page). Each of his paintings would begin very basic, simple colours that relatively appeared as nothing more than smudges on the canvas, but as he added more and more strokes and colours, the smudges would soon transform into highly detailed and intricate landscapes in seconds.
Bob Ross’s work is completely contradictory from his work in the army to his art work he produced here. In his 3 paintings, the paint has been applied very softly and using large and small brush strokes which is very comforting to view. His use of texture is soft, the paint has not been applied very quickly at thick amounts but very spread out and diluted which in no matter what scenery, it’s smooth and intricate. He seems to cleverly turn cold colours into warm comforting by the way he uses the paint, applies the paint and the type of brush he uses. Since he applies the paint very slow and softly using large and small brushes he seems to create the illusion of the coldest colours appearing warm in every scenery. Bob Ross used to work in the United States Air Force and rose from master sergeant, to the first sergeant and would always have a reputation for shouting at people as quoted by someone “the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work”. He eventually left the army and decided he would never shout, yell or raise his voice again and I believe that through his works of art, he’s showing this – specifically through his use of texture and colour.