JACK MORROCCO DA FRSA
The gallery is delighted to welcome Jack Morrocco DA FRSA for his NINTH consecutive annual solo show with us. Our gallery has been fortunate to follow his remarkable artistic journey and ascendancy and we have borne witness to his unrelenting determination to improve his repertoire of techniques and of his desire to be the best. In that journey, he has succeeded and he has become Scotland’s most senior impressionist landscape/cityscape painter.
Born in 1953 Morrocco is now in the fortunate position that demand for his paintings exceeds his supply. He is an incredibly sought after painter with a high level of demand for his paintings at home and increasingly across the world. Morrocco is a perfectionist and this approach is reflected in his development of a technique that is truly exceptional. His foundations were formed by his Scottish Painting Tradition training. He entered the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 1970 studying (1970-1974) under the tutelage of his uncle Alberto Morrocco OBE FRSA FRSE RSW RP RGI LLD (1917-1998), David McClure RSA RSW (1926-1998) and Jack Knox RSA RSW RGI HFRIAS DLITT (1936-2015).
This was a period when the art training was based on a classical/traditional approach, which was both broad-based and technically rigorous. The focus of teaching was on the development of drawing and painting skills and, as a student, Jack was expected to master each discipline including life drawing, landscape painting, portraiture, still life, graphic design, illustration, textiles and photography.
If we consider this teaching period, Morrocco is now one of a very limited group of artists “the last generation of great Scottish artists” who were trained and are capable of (competently) painting with ease across multiple painting genres including landscape/cityscape, classical still life, figurative and studio (imaginative) still life.
The exhibition gives you a unique opportunity to see a display by a Scottish painting Master in a new body of work of some 40 paintings set across three of his four painting genres.
Morrocco is an exceptionally gifted impressionist painter – one of our virtuoso visual composers, he communicates his desired moment of observation using blocks of colour, shading and light to represent his scene. In the body of work that he has created for the show you can study the quality of his craft with compelling compositions that include interesting lines, rich contrasts, textures and perspectives that are designed to lead and stimulate the viewer. Lesser artists will avoid figures in their compositions, however a sign of Morrocco’s great skill is that he is not afraid to include anatomically perfect figures to suggest movement and to create an authentic (rather than contrived) representation of the scenes that he chooses to depict. This skill sets the Master apart from many of his peers.
Morrocco has worked harder then most to establish his artistic acclaim - he is undoubtedly one of the finest painters of our generation. This is an exceptional show and represents a great opportunity to view or buy one of these masterful paintings.