About G. Byars & The Sunshine Gallery
One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin
Garry Byars: - A self taught artist from Paisley Scotland. With original artwork and limited prints for sale, here you will find a wide variety of designs in various mediums and styles, created over the past 30 years
Drawing from an early age, it all started by copying cartoons from the Beano Comics and drawing his teachers at school. With his school portfolio he went on a YTS scheme at D M Rae Architects, where he developed his technical skills in perspective drawing and plans
Developing this skill into his own unique style, 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 led the traditional Paisley Weavers ‘Sma Shot Day Festival” parade through the streets of Paisley to this present day.
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Numbers Speak For Themselves
At 19 Garry first became self employed at the Govan Print Workshop. After meeting HRH Prince Charles at the launch of the PYBT 1990, he gained some recognition in local newspapers and was a "Star Enterperneur" with Shell's Livewire. At this time he also had a small exhibition at the Glasgow Garden Festival
We Love Nature
In 1994, in his endeavours 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.
It Is a Gift
This got 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 graphic design and printing, Garry got his first computer and in 2002 and went onto Glasgow Caledonian University part time to obtain a BA degree in Applied Graphic Technology in 2004. This led to employment as website designer with the “Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Service” creating designs for print and interactive packages for the 3rd sector.