About this artwork

This celebratory portrait was painted to commemorate the comedian's sixtieth year. In his affectionate and humorous depiction, Byrne has included elements that represent the different aspects of Connolly's life and career. Wearing one of his famous 'Big Banana Feet' shoes, and with his belt buckle bearing his nickname 'Big Yin', the laughing figure of Connolly gestures towards his younger self in the background. The scene also includes smaller images of the comedian playing the banjo and running in the nude, two of the other pastimes for which he has become famous.

John Byrne

John Byrne