This work was painted as Campbell was nervously awaiting a visit to the studio of John Byrne in Nairn.
Waiting - Byrnicus Paisleycus Virus Invading Mr Gray by Steven Campbell, 2005
© The artist. Photo: Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions Dept
- 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.