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Garry Morrow

Gary Morrow was born in Glasgow in 1974. He studied Computer Science at  Strathclyde University and worked there after graduating for over 10 years. A primarily self-taught artist, in 2008 he decided to pursue his long passion for painting and has since built it into his full time career. Gary’s interest in traditional painting methods has led him to an extensive study of the work of past masters – from the layered approach of Italian masters such as Caravaggio and Titian to the more direct work of late 19th and early 20th century artists. Morrow is particularly inspired by the naturalistic work of the Glasgow Boys especially that of George Henry and William Guthrie and artists such as John Singer Sargent. His aim is to create art works that reflects the beauty of our surroundings in a way that is both representational and expressive. Gary Morrow prefers painting naturalistic subjects from flowers in a still life to people in the environment. Careful observation and draughtsmanship form the foundations of his paintings. His aim is to capture the essence of his subjects as revealed in the subtleties of light, shade and colour but without a slavish attention to detail. He has exhibited work in galleries across the UK and in the US. Prior to moving to his wife’s home county of Wicklow, he was an elected artist member of the Glasgow Art Club. This historic institution has been home to the Glasgow Boys and many other notable painters. Gary’s work was recently featured in Scottish Homes and Interiors magazine as well as being used in national advertising campaigns and TV. He recently completed an important commission for the Irish Special Forces to mark their 40th anniversary.
“My goal is always to represent the subject and the light in an accurate and honest way. So much of the beauty around us is transient and it’s very satisfying to capture that in a painting that will last a lifetime.”