John Byrne: Art and Life limited edition book + hand-coloured print
Special edition of John Byrne: Art and Life book by Robert Hewison, which incorporates a hand-coloured limited edition special print, Tropicana, produced, signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 50 exclusively for this publication. The print is packaged with the book in a slipcase.
A prolific painter, illustrator and print-maker, Byrne today boats a range of works held in the nation’s collection at the National Galleries of Scotland, including a valuable catalogue of Byrne’s editioned prints. Robert Hewison’s highly readable text provides a chronological, critical account of the work and life of the artist. The relevance of Byrne’s art and writings to the cultural history of the UK since 1940 is also examined.
John Byrne was born in Paisley, 1940 and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963. He has worked as an artist, playwright and theatre designer. Byrne uses a variety of styles and techniques as he has always tried to avoid being associated with particular styles or movements in art. In 1967, following a lack of success with London galleries, Byrne produced a series of paintings under the guise of 'Patrick', which he claimed was the name of his seventy-two year old father. These were met with interest, much to the artist's amusement.
He is one of Scotland’s most versatile and accomplished artists and writers. Throughout his career he has produced a varied selection of drawings, paintings and multi-media works from across his career, which depict friends and family as well as famous sitters, such as Tilda Swinton and Billy Connolly. Byrne has also produced many insightful and witty self-portraits which forms a strong element of his work.
Print 25.5 x 21.5 cm (Case 28 x 23.5 cm)
144pp with colour illustrations
John Byrne: Art and Life