A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, John Byrne’s big break came in 1967, when he sent a small picture of a man in a panama hat to Mayfair’s Portal Gallery. He signed the painting ‘Patrick’ and claimed it was by his father, a Glaswegian newspaper seller. The work was a huge success, winning him instant acclaim.
John’s work is held in major collections in Scotland and worldwide. And his talents are diverse. He’s designed record covers for The Beatles, written award-winning Broadway plays and in 1986, penned the six-time BAFTA award-winning TV series, Tutti Frutti.
In 2004 he was made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, becoming a full member in 2007. John lives in Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands.