John Byrne: Sitting Ducks (paperback)

National Galleries of Scotland
John Byrne, Gordon Brown and Julie Lawson
Page count:
64 printed pages
35 colour
Item Size:
24.5 x 20cm

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Illustrated with 35 artworks by well know Scottish artist John Byrne, this paperback was created to accompany the exhibition Sitting Ducks shown at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

John Byrne is one of Scotland's most prolific and accomplished artists. Published on the occasion of an exhibition celebrating his contribution to the art of portraiture, this book showcases the technical skill, brilliant draughtsmanship, versatility and inventiveness, fun and gravity that he has brought to the genre.

As well as some rare examples of Byrne’s commissioned portraits, this publication celebrates some of the artist’s warmest relationships, being for the most part, portraits of his friends and family. To accompany this, the book features an ‘in conversation’ between the artist and his good friend and gallery owner Gordon Brown.

Byrne has many strings to his artistic bow. As well as being a painter he is a successful playwright. Throughout his work he explores the many facets of human nature, confronting the uniqueness and complexity of individuals. It is these skills that are mirrored in his multi-faceted portraiture.