Christopher Byrne

Christopher Byrne

Christopher Byrne


    Christopher Byrne



    I view my work as relics and fragments of exploration. I’m interested in examining how structures and places were viewed or used in the past, how they have changed over time, and now, how we see them today. My work doesn't follow a linear pattern. It is an interlinking process, with each style of work informing the others. Each piece is an exploration, whether that’s through painting, etching, drawing, film, photography or screen printing.
    With family ties to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, my knowledge of the landscape came not only from how I saw it, but from stories passed down from generation to generation. The landscape spoke for itself, and allowed me to interrogate building typology and context through the remnants of crofts and crofted lands. ​

    When studying in Glasgow, I saw this to be true across Scotland. And Glasgow’s Clydeside’s industrial remnants are also a great inspiration. My work considers these contemporary ruins and sparsely populated areas; from the aesthetics of decay to the reclaiming of the space by culture and nature. I invite the viewer to explore these areas through my aesthetic vision. My hope is to promote the importance of these areas as it feels as though they have become forgotten.



    BA (Honours) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking, The Glasgow School of Art, 2011-2015


    Notable Exhibitions:

    ​Christopher Byrne at The Brick Lane Gallery, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, 2020

    The Room, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, 2019

    The Beatson Charity Exhibition, The Vacant Space, Glasgow, 2019

    The Studio Fine Art Company Exhibit, The Vacant Space, Glasgow, 2019

    Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Year of the Young People, Underbelly, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, 2018

    Imprint, The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, 2018

    Christopher Byrne at Skypark, Skypark, Glasgow, 2017 (Solo Exhibition)

    Art for Erskine, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2017

    Christopher Byrne at the Backdoor Gallery, Backdoor Gallery, Dalmuir, 2017 (Solo Exhibition)

    Aon Art Community Awards, The Leadenhall building, London, 2015- 2016

    Art and Diamonds Exhibition, The House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, 2015

    All You Can Eat, Graduate show at the Old Truman Brewery, London, 2015

    Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, Tontine building, Glasgow, 2015

    I am [///] for you, Fleming House, Glasgow, 2014

    An exercise in Pressure, Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, 2013

    National Drawing Competition of Scotland, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley Museum, 2011

    Media Publications

    Metro Newspaper, "Wickermen Weave their way up the Royal Mile", Year of the Young People, Edinburgh's Hogmanay '18, December 2018

    Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018

    Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017

    Art Mag UK, "The Ceilidh Place Exhibition", May 2018

    The List, "Chris Byrne: Glasgow's Past", September 2017

    The Evening Times, "Art in The Sky", September 2017

    Departure Zine, "Scene 1", November 2016

    Publication, The De-Industrialised Landscape of Glasgow's Clydeside and the effects of time", June 2015