John Byrne RSA: Rogues' Gallery

The Academicians' Gallery

Free entry


This winter an exhibition of new paintings, drawings, prints and objects by one of Scotland’s most celebrated working artists, John Byrne RSA, will be on view in the Academicians’ Gallery. Well-known as a polymath of prolific output, producing plays, screenplays and stage design alongside his artistic practice, Byrne’s idiosyncratic style has brought him significant renown in recent years.


Born in Paisley in 1940, Byrne attended Glasgow School of Art (1958-63) where he won the prestigious Bellahouston Award for painting. Standing apart from artistic movements and trends, Byrne’s work is often characterised by its narrative threads and macabre themes. Working fervently in his Edinburgh studio, Byrne’s creativity often seems to pour out through his brush or pen, working with whatever subject draws his attention, be it his own profile or the murky underworld of the metropolis. Drawing on both memories and the imaginary, his paintings combine his technical mastery and expansive repertoire of visual cues.


Byrne was elected a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2005. The exhibition will be an opportunity to view and purchase recently produced work by one of Scotland’s best-loved artists.


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