The Red Tattoo by John Byrne limited edition print
The Red Tattoo by John Byrne limited edition print

The Red Tattoo by John Byrne limited edition print


Limited edition mezzotint print The Red Tattoo by John Byrne, commissioned and published for Glasgow Print Studios.  This edition features an illustration of a figure of a tattooed man surrounded by oak leaves. The oak leaves are a motif that occur in many of Byrne's paintings and prints.

Printed in red ink, also known as 'The Red Tattoo'. The mezzotint plate for this print was begun in 1995 (the composition of the image recalls Byrne's lithographs of 1994) but the plate was not printed until 2005. This is one of three mezzotints, similar in scale and in content, which appear to have been influenced by the artist's observations of Californian beach culture.

'Red Tattooist' handwritten in pencil, bottom left; 'Archive', handwritten in pencil, bottom centre; 'Byrne', handwritten in pencil, bottom right; [Eagle chop mark of Glasgow Print Studio], bottom right corner

John Byrne was born in Paisley 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.

Byrne has been using the Glasgow Print Studio facilities since it's beginnings in the 1970's with his first publication of prints in 1992. Since then he has went on to produce over 70 prints at the studio.

Glasgow Print Studio was founded in 1972 as an artist led initiative providing facilities and workshop space to artists using fine art printmaking. Now, as an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence in fine art printmaking, Glasgow Print Studio promotes contemporary and innovative printmaking through supporting artists, exhibitions, learning and conservation.

The print requires specific handling and packaging.  Shipped in custom tubing by courier. You can alternatively arrange to collect from any of our shops by completing the special instructions as part of the checkout process. 

  • Size Image Size: 12 x 15 cm | Paper Size: 30 x 35 cm
  • Medium Mezzotint
  • Edition 30
  • Frame Unframed and unmounted
  • Publisher Glasgow Print Studio

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