Image credit: Bergs, Otto Fiord III, 25 vii 1992 © Courtesy of the Artist
Arctic paintings by James Morrison will be displayed for the first time at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum in a new exhibition. Recently acquired for the city’s permanent fine art collection, the paintings capture the glacial landscape of Otto Fiord, Ellesmere Island, which lies within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Morrison studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art for twenty years. He is known for his closely observed landscapes, particularly of the countryside around his home in Angus. Between 1990 and 1994 Morrison visited the High Arctic three times resulting in a significant body of work. He said, “From the perspective purely of a landscape painter, if there is a paradise on earth it is located north of the 75th parallel”.
The exhibition will include a growing collection of artworks by artists who have experienced the extreme environments of the North and South Poles.
At a time when melting ice and rising sea levels are making world headlines, these spectacular paintings offer a visual record of the most fragile areas on earth and raise awareness of global warming.
The exhibition will run from 7 September 2019 to 8 March 2020.