The Wee Imps
Oil on paper, 76 x 57cm
John Byrne was born in 1940 in Paisley and studied at Glasgow School of Art where he was awarded the Newberry medal for Painting. In 2007 he was made a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy. His work is held in by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Gallery of Modern Art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.
John Byrne is a natural storyteller whether it be on the stage or with a brush on paper or canvas. He conjures up paintings, drawing from a wealth of experience and knowledge gained over a life time involved in the two demanding worlds of painting and the theatre. He is at his best when he treats us to a kind of pictorial autobiography. A heddy mix of images that constantly surprise and delight, exploring the joys and the dangers that make up the journeys of a life. John delivers us to places and emotions that most people shy away from, preferring not to hide or view at a distance. John has found his range and a growing confidence in his ability to deliver.