The Fine Art Society London is pleased to present Lullaby of Broadway, the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed Scottish painter John Byrne at the gallery.
The title of the show is a song known to many. First sung by the Dorsey Brothers in the musical, The Gold Diggers of 1935, the Andrew Sisters took it up a decade later and, in 1951, Doris Day tripped across a stage in golden splendour with Gene Nelson – and the backdrops of John’s pictures recall the stage sets. His subjects, however, are rather different. Just as polished and equally bling, the characters that people John’s work posture and swagger; jewellery and tattoos advertise their status and confidence. It’s a different slice of New York. John recalls the warmth of New Yorkers, the “gorgeous- ness” they exuded.
Emily Walsh, Managing Director of The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh commented:
“John Byrne is one of the most inventive and contrary artists working in Scotland today. The work is underpinned by technical mastery and the varied subject matter explores John's imagination from memories to fantasy.”
Byrne attended the Glasgow School of Art in 1965 where he excelled. In his final year he was awarded the Bellahousten Award, the school's most prestigious painting prize, and spent six months in Italy, returning a masterful and confident young artist. His work is held in major collections in Scotland and abroad. Several of his paintings hang in The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the Museum of Modern Art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. In 2007 he was made a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy and is an Honorary Fellow of the GSA, the RIAS, an Honorary Member of the RGI and has Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Paisley, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Strathclyde.