Leon Morrocco Dazzles

Leon Morrocco’s exhibition of landscapes and still lifes, at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, positively zings with the brightness and colour of evocative sunlit beach and street scenes.

Morrocco is a highly skilled draughtsman whose paintings in oil, gouache and pastel, feature landscapes and still lifes inspired by his travels to Spain, France, South America and Australia.

morrocco3Born 1942 in Edinburgh, Morrocco is the first son of artist Alberto Morrocco. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, the Slade School of Art in London and at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1968 Leon was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship which enabled him to study at the Academia de Boerec in Milan. He lectured in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1965 – 68 and at Glasgow College of Art from 1969 to 1979.

In 1979 Leon moved to Australia as Head of Department of Fine Art at the Chisholm Institute in Melbourne. Among his many successes  were highly successful exhibitions both in Melbourne and Sydney, where his style appealed to art lovers in Australia and beyond. In 1971 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. 1991 saw the artist’s return to Britain.

Morrocco1The works currently on display at the Open Eye Gallery demonstrate outstanding draughtsmanship and vibrant use of, and passion for, vivid colour. Many public as well as private collections include his work. To name a few, these include the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the HRH Princess Margaret Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, the Nuffield Foundation as well as Queensland Art Gallery.

This current Exhibition at the Open Eye runs until Wednesday 15 May.

The Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Telephone 0131 557 1020/558 9872,
Email mail@openeyegallery.co.uk

The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm


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