Born in 1948 in Maryhill, Glasgow, John is one of Scotland’s most loved and collected artists. From an early age he showed a talent for art. Inspired by his family - particularly his grandfather Henry Lowrie, a brilliant water-colourist - and encouraged by his mother, he attended Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1971 with a sell-out degree show. Spending a further two years at college to gain a diploma, he began teaching at Lochgilphead High School in Argyll in 1973 until 1997, when he left education to paint full time.
As well as being a successful artist John, along with his wife Maureen, are patrons of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. John also contributes substantially to Scotland’s up and coming artists with the Jolomo Foundation Awards, recognising and aiding our next generation of landscape artists. John’s work is collected the world over – from welders and nurses, to Madonna and Sting – with solo shows exhibiting in Glasgow, London, Crieff, Hong Kong, Edinburgh and New York to name but a few.
In this new collection we have taken a number of images from John’s recent, successful exhibition ‘Boats, Kirks and Crofts’, which gives us an insight into the lives of the people of Scotland in their daily pursuits at work, rest and play, and the vibrant colours we are blessed with throughout each season.
- Graduated GSA - Drawing & Painting 1971, Post Graduate GSA Drawing & Painting 1972, Jordanhill Teacher Training College Graduate 1973
- Teacher of Art Lochgilphead High School 1973 - 1988, Head of Art Lochgilphead High School 1988 - 1994, Adviser in Art & Design Strathclyde Region 1994 - 1997
- Honorary Doctorate West of Scotland University 2008 - “For a significant contribution to Scottish Culture”
- Honorary Doctorate University of Abertay, Dundee 2009
- Awarded an OBE from the Queen in 2011 - “For Services to Art in Scotland and Services to Charity in Scotland”