John Byrne's contribution to Scottish arts and culture is remarkable. He is a printmaker, illustrator, painter, theatre designer and writer. Byrne uses many styles and techniques to avoid being pigeonholed...
John Byrne's contribution to Scottish arts and culture is remarkable. He is a printmaker, illustrator, painter, theatre designer and writer. Byrne uses many styles and techniques to avoid being pigeonholed into artistic styles or movements.
Moonstruck was created while Byrne was working on the mural for the ceiling of the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh which features similar imagery. Byrne enjoyed working in stone lithography as it allowed him to draw fluidly with crayon while also scraping back with a blade to achieve fine white lines. As a night owl, Byrne likes to work in his studio at home so the stone was carried to his top floor flat so he could work on the drawing there. A small and lighter stone was chosen accordingly!
Byrne is an Artist Patron of Edinburgh Printmakers, and has been supported to produce editions and prints over many years.
Byrne was born in Paisley, in the notorious Ferguslie Park housing scheme. Following his studies, Byrne won the at Glasgow School of Art's most prestigious painting prize, the Bellahousten Award.
The artist is known for album cover designs for bands such as The Beatles, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty. His works hang in The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, and GoMA and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.
One of his most notable written creations is Tutti Frutti, winning six BAFTA awards and starring Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson. The National Library of Scotland named his work The Slab Boys as one of the 12 key works of the last 40 years.
In 2004 he became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and a full member in 2007. Byrne is an Honorary Fellow of the Glasgow School of Art, and the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland. He is an Honorary Member of Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, and has Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Paisley, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Strathclyde.