Recognition for Angus landscape painter James Morrison

Pictured, from the left, are: James Morrison, Aonghas MacNeacail and Andrew Kerr
Pictured, from the left, are: James Morrison, Aonghas MacNeacail and Andrew Kerr

Landscape painter James Morrison has been honoured for his unique contribution to Scotland’s culture and society.

Morrison, who lives just outside Montrose, is best known locally for his paintings of the Angus landscapes, and is one of four individuals who each received the 2015 Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun award in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the fields of science, the arts and public life at a special ceremony at St. Mungo’s Museum in Glasgow.

He has been awarded on behalf of his continuing and active contribution to Scottish arts, particularly in the form of painting.

The other recipients this year are leading cancer researcher Professor Tessa Holyoake, Gaelic and English language poet and songwriter Aonghas MacNeacail and Andrew Kerr, a lifelong supporter of and leading campaigner for the Scottish arts and conservation.

Established in 1988, the Fletcher of Saltoun award forms part of the Saltire Society’s annual awards and seeks to recognise outstanding contributions to Scottish society across different walks of life.

It celebrates the legacy of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, a 17th century Scottish writer and politician and a keen patron of the arts during his lifetime. The awards were presented as part of the of the Saltire Society’s AGM on September 12.

Morrison’s early works depicted large, dark Glasgow tenement buildings.

He says he quickly developed a love for capturing the beauty of Scottish landscapes, painting outside wherever possible.

He has travelled widely in his career, painting in the Arctic and Africa.

He said: “Scotland’s landscape and heritage has always been a unique inspiration to me. So it’s particularly pleasing to be presented with this uniquely Scottish award.

“I’m equally pleased for my fellow recipients this year who are all worthy winners.”

Saltire Society convenor Professor Ian Brown said: “Through these awards, we always strive to give recognition to those particularly talented and driven people who help to make Scottish culture and society as vibrant and stimulating as it so clearly is today – as well as achieving wider recognition for Scotland on an international stage.”