Leon Morrocco RSA RGI

About the artist - Leon Morrocco RSA RGI

Leon Morrocco RSA RGI (b.1942) 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.

Leon Morrocco was born in Edinburgh in 1942, the first son of the artist Alberto Morrocco. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Slade School of Art in London 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 to 1968, and then at Glasgow School of Art from 1969 to 1979. In 1979 he moved to Australia as Head of the Department of Fine Art at the Chisholm Institute in Melbourne. He retired in 1984 to devote all of his time to painting. 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, he returned to Britain. His works reveal both his outstanding draughtsmanship and his passion for colour. 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, Leeds Art Gallery, The Nuffield Foundation, and Queensland Art Gallery.

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