JOHN BYRNE TO TALK TO NIEL ALEXANDER SATURDAY 11.00AM

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JOHN BYRNE TO TALK TO NIEL ALEXANDER SATURDAY 11.00AM

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JOHN BYRNE TO TALK TO NIEL ALEXANDER SATURDAY 11.00AM

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THE CHARAMISTIC JOHN BYRNE

Some Interesting Facts about John Byrne, our Saturday Studio after 11am Guest

From 1964 until 1966 john designed jackets for Penguin Books.

Following unsuccessful experiences with London galleries he released (through London’s Portal Gallery) a series of works from 1967 under the pseudonym of “Patrick” he claimed were created by his father, an alleged self-taught painter of  faux-naif images. These works began to meet with some success and his painting career commenced.

As well as designing the settings for his own plays,  John, in collaboration with director Robin Lefrevre, also designed the settings for Snoo Wilson‘s The Number of the Beast (Bush 1982) and Clifford Odets‘ The Country Girl (Apollo Theatre 1983).

John  has also designed record covers for DonovanThe BeatlesGerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly. Singer-songwriter Rafferty’s song Patrick is written about Byrne (the lyrics begin: “Patrick my primitive painter of He illustrated Selected Stories by James Kelman, winner of the 1994 Booker Prize. His work is held in major collections in Scotland and abroad. Several of his paintings hang in The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, including portraits of Robbie ColtraneBilly ConnollyTilda Swinton (the mother of two of his children), and a self-portrait. Recent exhibitions: Open Eye Edinburgh, Glasgow Print Studio, Rendezvous Gallery Aberdeen, Fine Art Society London, Bourne Fine Art Edinburgh.

John Byrne was born in PaisleyRenfrewshire where he grew up in the Ferguslie Park housing scheme and educated at the town’s St Mirin’s Academy before attending Glasgow School of Artfrom 1958 to 1963. Byrne has received several Honorary Doctorates: in 1997 he was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Paisley, in 2004 he was made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, in 2006 he was presented with an honorary doctorate from the Robert Gordon University Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and in 2011 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee

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