John Byrne

Tilda Swinton, b. 1960 (2001)

About this artwork

Tilda Swinton is an acclaimed actress, famous for her roles in the films of the avant garde director, Derek Jarman, and the title role in an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando' (1993). Her work in theatre and in film has often explored and challenged supposed differences between genders and in 2008 she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 'Michael Clayton'. This vibrant chalk drawing captures Tilda Swinton's fragile beauty as well as her serious and strong intelligence. She and the artist have two children together.

John Byrne

John Byrne

Byrne was born in Paisley and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963. He has worked as an artist, playwright and theatre designer. Byrne uses a variety of styles and techniques as he has always tried to avoid being associated with particular styles or movements in art. In 1967, following a lack of success with London galleries, Byrne produced a series of paintings under the guise of 'Patrick', which he claimed was the name of his seventy-two year old father. These were met with interest, much to the artist's amusement.