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Artist John Byrne talks about the painting of his gable end mural in Partick and the public reaction to it. (clip)

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Reference number: T2287

Date: 1975

Production company: [ Scottish Television]

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 22.57 mins

Description: An STV documentary about the life and work of artist John Byrne.

Credits: [reporter Les Wilson]

Shotlist: Scottish Television logo [no title] c/u John Byrne's face, followed by c/u various paintings of comedian Billy Connolly (0.42) ints artist's studio where Byrne sketches a young girl sitting with a guitar (1.18) exts. Glasgow School of Art; Byrne is interviewed by reporter Les Wilson about studying there, and in Edinburgh, his influences (2.47) ints. studio; v/o mentions his set designs for the 7:84 Theatre Company and Billy Connolly (3.32) i/v John Byrne, covering topics including his work as an artist, commercial work for record companies and artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connolly, Donovan. His plan for animation and film work with Warner Brothers in America (5.14) - countdown leader - (5.37) shot of Glasgow's first gable end painting in the old burgh of Partick. Byrne and Wilson stand looking at the mural, talk about how it was made, public response, graffiti (6.12) shot of Byrne in hydraulic lift to spraypaint outline of mural, further i/v (9.02) ints. Third Eye Art Centre and Byrne Exhibition, c/u painting Black Guitar Player and self portrait. I/v Byrne on his work, motifs etc. (11.33) c/u portrait of Billy Connolly and discussion of same (11.57) c/u meat market painting and discussion of same (12.40) c/u's studio and dead cigarettes painting, another self portrait and discussion of same (13.51) i/v Third Eye Centre Director, Tom McGrath, he speaks about the show, how to measure success, artistic temperament etc. (18.18) further i/v John Byrne, discusses other artists' work and his own (20.29) ints. Byrne's studio; he continues work on sketch of girl (21.04) i/v Byrne discussing the generally favourable response from critics and his decision to paint full time (22.30) c/u canvas; Byrne paints his signature in black paint (22.57)