|Garry Byars. is a self taught artist from Paisley Scotland, qualified at degree level in Applied Graphic Technology BA.
With originals and limited prints for sale, here you will find a wide variety of artwork in various mediums and styles created over the past 20 years
Drawing from an early age, it all started by copying cartoons from the Beano Comic and drawing his teachers at school, developing into his own style.
With his school portfolio he went on a YTS scheme at an Architects office, developing technical skills in perspective and drawing plans
At 17yrs his artistic endeavors was first brought to public attention, when he was commissioned by Renfrewshire District Council to create a Charleston Drum in 1986.
This same drum has until this day, led the traditional Paisley Weavers Festival Parade, 'Sma Shot Day', through the streets of Paisley.
At 19 Garry first tried his hand at being self employed at the Govan Print workshop, working with print plates and 2 litho printers.
Gaining some recognition in local newspapers after meeting HRH Prince Charles at the launch of the PYBT 1990 and with an small exhibition at the Glasgow Garden Festival
In 1994, in his endveors to sell his artwork Garry approached "Options Gallery" in Paisley, where he was given the excellent opportunity to work as an artist pupil, working along side renowned artist such as "King", "Ron Goldie" and "Barry Martian".
As well as cleaning brushes Garry was trusted enough to paint skies and background for the artist to apply final detail
Here he began a career as a dynamic and vibrant exponent of acrylic, and mixed media work. Garry's work is a mixture of the unique, exciting and traditional.
together with works of imagination, his portfolio always captures the mind's eye of the viewer
Always' developing his skills Garry tried his hand as a sign-writer.
Using upward 3 stroke brush movement to produce "Point of Sale" chalkboards for Supermarkets, Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs in and around Glasgow and Paisley,
This brought the attention of "Puncinella" Restaurant 167 Hope St. Glasgow. where some of his early artwork is still on display
He was commissioned by the owner at the time, to paint various scenes of Italy onto mirror, with the use of stained glass and acrylic paint, reflecting light into a room in a new ambience.
As his clients where always asking him about printing, Garry got his first computer and in 2004 went to Glasgow Caledonian University to obtain a BA degree in Applied Graphic Technology.
This led to employment as web designer/line manager with the "Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Service" creating designs for print and interactive packages for the 3rd sector
With this experience and continuing to paint landscapes, Garry went onto the Social Enterprise Academy in Edinburgh and with a small amount of Funding from Firstport
The Sunshine Gallery was set-up in 2009, to inspire community groups and individuals by providing exhibition space at the Paisley Shopping Centre with the social objective to help to create a Positive and Optimistic community.
Now going into its 4th year the Sunshine Gallery exhibits in a wide diversity of talents and skills from Renfrewshire and Glasgow/Scotland selling original artwork and limited prints
Please Come and Visit the Sunshine Gallery at the Paisley Shopping Centre Market on the middle floor.