John Byrne was born in Paisley in 1940. He studied at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Schools of Art in the late 50s and early 60s. A superb painter and draughtsman, the multi-talented Byrne is also a first-class playwright (‘The Slab Boys’, ‘Tutti Frutti’) his ear for dialogue is as acute (and witty) as his eye for detail. Much of his subject matter in both media is overtly autobiographical, he often includes or refers to the Teddy Boy/Rock and Roll era of his youth.
He has designed record covers for Donovan, The Beatles, Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly.
His work is held in major collections in Scotland and abroad. Several of his paintings hang in The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the museum of Modern Art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.
In 2004 he was made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and a full member in 2007.
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