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  • Publisher National Galleries of Scotland
  • Size 24.5 x 20cm

John Byrne: Sitting Ducks

John Byrne, Gordon Brown and Julie Lawson

John Byrne is one of Scotland's most prolific and accomplished artists. Published on the occasion of an exhibition celebrating his contribution to the art of portraiture, this book showcases the technical skill, brilliant draughtsmanship, versatility and inventiveness, fun and gravity that he has brought to the genre.

Byrne has many strings to his artistic bow. As well as being a painter he is a successful playwright. Throughout his work he explores the many facets of human nature, confronting the uniqueness and complexity of individuals. It is these skills that are mirrored in his multi-faceted portraiture.

As well as some rare examples of Byrne’s commissioned portraits, this publication celebrates some of the artist’s warmest relationships, being for the most part, portraits of his friends and family. To accompany this, the book features an ‘in conversation’ between the artist and his good friend and gallery owner Gordon Brown.

Paperback. 35 colour illustrations inlcuding works from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection, Billy Connolly, b. 1942. Entertainer PG 3323, John Patrick Byrne, b. 1940. Artist, dramatist and stage designer (Self-portrait in a Flowered Jacket) PG 3068, Tilda Swinton, b. 1960 PG 3297 and Robbie Coltrane, b. 1950. Actor (as Danny McGlone) PG 3116.

Catalogue 64pp, 35 colour illustrations.

£12.95