The career of Scottish artist and playwright John Byrne is being celebrated in a new exhibition in Glasgow.
John Patrick Byrne – A Big Adventure at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum includes dozens of self-portraits of the Paisley-born artist.
But it also includes paintings of famous friends including Billy Connolly and Tilda Swinton, Byrne’s former partner.
“I suppose you could say it tells much of my life story,” Byrne said.
“I hope visitors enjoy it, seeing art should be fun. For me it’s certainly been a fun, big adventure all these years.”
Byrne started his career as an apprentice mixing paint for designers at AF Stoddard & Co carpet factory in Elderslie.
He went on to study at Glasgow School of Art and later won critical acclaim for The Slab Boys – a triology of plays reflecting on his upbringing – and 1987 TV hit Tutti Frutti.
Martin Craig, a curator at Glasgow Life Museums who put the exhibition together, said: “He is, without question, one of the most important artists of the last 70 years and he is so prolific.
“We could have filled the exhibition space five times over. Deciding was hard.
“A Big Adventure is filled to the gunnels with striking artwork, I hope it captures the anarchic, jubilation and vastness of John’s life and career.”