Tonight for our look into the archive it’s the turn of a Scottish artist and a true Renaissance man who we’ve worked with on a few occasions, most recently to produce a fund raising print for the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, John Byrne.

John Byrne in Peacock, 2010 (photo courtesy of Alan Young)


He’s designed record covers for many famous artists, most notably the Beatles and Billy Connolly, and in 1986 John wrote the immensely successful, six time BAFTA award winning, television series Tutti Frutti, starring Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson. John was married to Tilda Swindon, the Hollywood actress, and produced a handful of famous portraits of her.

Blue by John Byrne (screenprint, 2010)


King For A Day – version 2 by John Byrne (Monoprint, 2010)


Masterpiece – version 2 by John Byrne (Monoprint, 2010)


In our publication ‘Artists in Print: 21 Years of Collaboration’ Byrne recounts his experience:
“I was introduced to Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen a couple of years back when I got an invite from Michael Waight to go and work there for a week/ten days. With the very able assistance of both Michael and Linsay I produced a series of mono prints along with three or four hand-coloured screen prints and a couple of small lithographs.

John Byrne working on Litho Stone, 2010


Red Road by John Byrne (Screenprint, 2010)


I have to say that I had a wonderful time working there and not only was I inspired by the likes of Frances Walker but was intrigued by the work that was produced there by Ralph Steadman, Chris Orr and a list of distinguished others from all over the country and, indeed, the known world.

The expertise and innate craftsmanship of the studio’s staff, all of them practising artists in their own right, is second to none. What a joy!”

Still Life With Guitar by John Byrne (Screenprint, 2013)


The Artist by John Byrne (Screenprint, 2010)


As mentioned we latterly worked with him to produce a fundraising print for Art Gallery and he said this about the project, “I have enjoyed a long association with Peacock Visual Arts so I was delighted when they approached me with the idea of producing a print to support the Art Gallery fundraising campaign. I have fond memories of spending time in Aberdeen shooting ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ – 35 of the coldest night shoots imaginable to be precise! And I’m very happy to be supporting the redevelopment of the city’s wonderful Art Gallery.”

John Byrne with ‘E St’ fundraising print for Aberdeen Art Gallery in Peacock, 2017


The print should still available from here –

His work is held in major collections in Scotland and abroad with several paintings in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the Museum of Modern Art and Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

Head Drawer Fish by John Byrne (photo etching, 2007)


We only have one of the prints we made with John available from our online store but we do have a framed version of Moonlighting and  Yellow Guitar Man available, get in touch for details.


Moonlighting by John Byrne (Screenprint, 2012)


Yellow Guitar Man by John Byrne (Screenprint, 2012)