About this artwork

John Byrne has combined several careers - playwright, theatre designer and artist. In his most famous play, 'The Slab Boys', Byrne drew on his experience as a paint mixer in a Paisley carpet factory. During the 1980s Byrne wrote the cult television series 'Tutti Frutti', followed by 'Your Cheatin' Heart', which used country and western music as a backdrop to a comedy of Glasgow life. Byrne painted this self-portrait after returning from California and the influence of the 'Flower Power' hippy era can be seen in his appearance.

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  • artist:
    John ByrneScottish (born 1940)
  • title:
    John Patrick Byrne, b. 1940. Artist, dramatist and stage designer (Self-portrait in a Flowered Jacket)
  • date created:
    1971 - 1973
  • materials:
    Oil on blockboard
  • measurements:
    147.00 x 91.00 cm; Framed: 161.50 x 105.70 x 5.00 cm / 33.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Scottish Arts Council 1997
  • accession number:
    PG 3068
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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John Byrne

John Byrne