Fruit with Vase And Violin (in three panels), 1984
Leon Morrocco (born 1942)
pastel, acrylic and gouache on paper on board
75 x 147cm
signed and dated lower right of middle panel
Exhibited: Leon Morrocco, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, August 1984, Catalogue No. 14
0419 540 162
Leon Morrocco’s still life painting in acrylic, gouache and pastel reveals both his outstanding draughtsmanship and passion for colour. The mood is timeless – a faded rustic background is contrasted with the bright colours of his subjects highlighting their beauty and warmth. The dark geometric background contrasts with the lighter, colourful, natural, textured fruit and flowers creating great vibrancy.
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 a scholarship to study at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. He was lecturer in drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art 1965-1968, and Glasgow School of Art 1969-1979. In 1979 he moved to Australia as Head of the Department of Fine Art at the Chisholm Institute in Melbourne. From 1984 he painted full time. In 1998 a monograph on his life and work, Leon Morrocco: Journeys and Observations was published. In 1991 he moved back to Britain.
Morrocco’s work can be found in many notable collections, including The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, H.R.H Princess Margaret, The Scottish Arts Council, Leeds Art Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery.
Leon Morrocco c. 1982