In a four-part series, artist Lachlan Goudie traces the development of Scottish art from the Neolithic Era to the present day, and looks at its impact on the international art world.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Story of Scottish Art - John Byrne (playwright) - Netflix
John Patrick Byrne (born 6 January 1940) is a Scottish playwright and artist. Perhaps best known for writing The Slab Boys Trilogy of plays about working-class life in Scotland, he has been described as the first postmodernist from Paisley.
The Story of Scottish Art - Life - Netflix
John Byrne was born into a family of Irish Catholic descent in Paisley, Renfrewshire, where he grew up in the Ferguslie Park housing scheme and was educated at the town's St Mirin's Academy before attending Glasgow School of Art (1958–63). After the death of Byrne's mother, who was prone to psychotic episodes, he was informed by a cousin that he was born of an incestuous relationship. He is thus the biological son of his mother, Alice, and his grandfather, Patrick McShane. Byrne first revealed these details in 2017. Byrne has received several Honorary Doctorates: In 1997, from the University of Paisley; in 2006, from the Robert Gordon University Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen; in 2011, from the University of Dundee; and in 2015, from the University of Stirling. In 2004, he was made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. Byrne separated from his first wife, Alice Simpson, with whom he has two children in the late 1980s. He and the actress Tilda Swinton were in a relationship from around 1989 to 2003. They have two children, twins born in 1997. Byrne is married to theatrical lighting specialist Jeanine Davies. They live in Edinburgh.
The Story of Scottish Art - References - Netflix