Leon Morrocco (b.1942)

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Leon Morrocco

Leon Morrocco

Edinburgh - b.1942

Leon Morrocco was born in Edinburgh and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, The Slade, and Edinburgh College of Art. In 1968 he won an Italian government scholarship to study at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. He was lecturer in drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1965-1968, and then took up a similar post at Glasgow School of Art from 1969-1979.

In 1979 he moved to Australia as Head of the Department of Fine Art at the Chisholm Institute in Melbourne. He resigned in 1984 to devote all of his time to painting.

Leon Morrocco, who was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1971, had eight solo exhibitions in the UK before moving to Australia where he had a series of highly successful exhibitions in both Melbourne and Sydney.

In 1991, to herald his permanent move back to Britain, Leon held his first British Exhibition for twelve years. His paintings in oil, gouache and pastel, featured landscapes and still lifes from his travels over the last year in Spain, France and Australia. His works reveal both his outstanding draughtsmanship and his passion for colour. In 1998 a monogragh on his life and work, Leon Morrocco: Journeys and Observations was published (for information please contact the gallery).

His work can be found in many notable public and private collections, including The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, H.R.H Princess Margaret, The Scottish Arts Council, Leeds Art Gallery, The Nuffield Foundation, and Queensland Art Gallery.


<i>Market Woman with Fruit, Goa</i> 2010 oil on canvas 36 x 38 ins, 91.5 x 96.5 cms
<i>Two Floats & Reflections</i> 2015 oil on canvas 72 x 66 ins, 183 x 168 cms
<i>Barge-stern & Mooring Wall</i> 2015 Oil on Canvas 43 x 112 ins,
<i>Barge on the Mud</i> 2015 Oil on Canvas 72 x 66 ins,
<i>Narrowboats at Bow Creek</i> 2015 Oil on Canvas 50 x 72 ins,
<i>Anchors & Floats</i> 2015 Oil on Canvas 72 x 66 ins,
<i>Two Floats & Reflections</i> 2015 Oil on Canvas 72 x 66 ins,
<i>Night Barge</i> 2015 Oil on Canvas 72 x 66 ins,
<i>Elephants at the Amer Fort, Jaipur</i> Oil on canvas 36 x 34 ins, (91.44 x 86.36 cms)
<i>A Circle Elephants at the Amer Fort, Jaipur</i> Oil on canvas 34 x 32 ins, (86.36 x 81.28 cms)
<i>Watching the River, Blackfriars Bridge</i> Oil on linen 50 x 72 ins, (127.00 x 182.88 cms)
<i>Parliament with Pancake Stall</i> Oil on linen 50 x 60 ins, (127.00 x 152.40 cms)
<i>Nap by the Marriage Carriages, Chennai</i> Oil on canvas 26 x 38 ins, (66.04 x 96.52 cms)
<i>Eastern End of the Colosseum</i> Oil on canvas 60 x 60 ins, (152.40 x 152.40 cms)
<i>Narrowboats and Bridge 1</i> Oil on linen 28 x 30 ins, (71.12 x 76.20 cms)
<i>From Blackfriars Ferry Terminal</i> Pencil & oil pastel 11¾ x 16 ins, (29.85 x 40.64 cms)


Solo Exhibitions

2016 What the River Knew, John Martin Gallery, London
2014 Recollection, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh
2014 Drawing the River Part 2, John Martin Gallery Chelsea, London
2013 The London River, John Martin Gallery, London
2012 Paintings & Works on paper, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Paintings from India, Edward Cutler Gallery, Milan
2010 Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, John Martin Gallery, London
2009 From Mumbai to Madurai, John Martin Gallery, London
2009 Strade di Roma, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 Morrocco’s Morocco at Art London, John Martin Gallery, London
2007 The Sketchbooks & Paintings of Leon Morrocco – Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2006 Havana, John Martin Gallery, London
2005 The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2003 Roman Paintings, John Martin of London & John Martin Chelsea
2000 Leon Morrocco, John Martin Gallery, London
1999 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1998 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
1998 John Martin Gallery, London
1997 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1996 John Martin Gallery, London
1995 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1994 Loomshop Gallery, Fife
1994 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
1993 Portland Gallery, London
1993 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
1993 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1992 Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1991 Portland Gallery, London
1989 Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1986 Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1986 Bonython-Meadmore Gallery, Sydney
1984 Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1982 Stuart Gertsman Galleries, Melbourne
1979 Glasgow School of Art
1978 Stirling Gallery, Greenock Arts Centre
1078 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
1976 University of St. Andrews
1975 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1973 The Loomshop Gallery, Edinburgh
1971 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1965 Douglas & Foulis Gallery, Edinburgh
1965 French Institute Gallery, Edinburgh
1965 Traverse Theatre Gallery, Edinburgh

Public Collections
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish Arts Council
Leeds City Art Gallery
Lillie Art Gallery
The Nuffield Foundation
Australian Government Collection
Queensland Art Gallery

Leon Morrocco: Journeys and Observations, London: 1998 (ISBN 1 902761 006)



Drawing the River. Leon Morrocco