Waiting - Byrnicus Paisleycus Virus Invading Mr Gray by Steven Campbell

This work was painted as Campbell was nervously awaiting a visit to the studio of John Byrne in Nairn.


Oil on canvas
217.5 x 179 cm
Art Fund grant:
£6,750 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
Glasgow School of Art

John Byrne was born in Paisley and Campbell uses the Paisley pattern with references to Velasquez. First there is the device of a painting within a painting which echoes the work 'Las Meninas' and there is an allusion to Velasquez' self portrait in the top right corner. Byrne's Picasso-inspired shorthand inspired the little heraldic-looking dog, taken again from Velasquez. Byrne's diverse practice made him something of a hero to Campbell.


The artist.

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Paisley Museum High Street, PAISLEY Renfrewshire PA1 2BA 0300 300 1210 www.renfrewshireleisure.com/paisleymuseum

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