This is a powerful example of Byrne's naive figurative approach, and was commissioned in 1978 by Mrs Johnstone whose name is drawn on the floor of the windowless room, as if in chalk.
Jock and the Tiger Cat by John Byrne, c. 1968
© DACS, London 2007
- Oil on canvas
- 102 x 76 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £8,500 ( Total: £15,000)
- Acquired in:
- William Hardie Ltd
The distortion of scale and form, and the suggestion of symbolism in the carefully placed objects, gives the work a disquieting and surreal quality.
Commissioned by Mrs Johnston, Edinburgh; William. Hardie Gallery.