‘For Christmas someone gave me a small red-leather bound copy of Coriolanus (why?) which I proudly carried about with me for weeks, though unable to make head or tail of it. If anyone, on seeing it, asked me if I liked it…
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, accepting 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 lives from a year of traveling through Spain, France and Australia. His works reveal both his outstanding draughtsmanship and his passion for colour. In 1998 a monograph on his life and work, Leon Morrocco: Journeys and Observations was published (for details 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.
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