A leading Scottish artist has unveiled limited edition prints which will help fund the Aberdeen Art Gallery’s renovation.
A total of 50 John Byrne prints costing £400 each are now on sale after he joined forces with the Granite City’s Peacock Visual Arts for the project.
Aberdeen Art Gallery has so far found £23.3 million of the £30m needed to pay for the overhaul.
John said: “I was delighted when they approached me with the idea of producing a print to support the art gallery fundraising campaign.
“I have fond memories of spending time in Aberdeen shooting ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ – 35 of the coldest night shoots imaginable to be precise.
“I’m very happy to be supporting the redevelopment of the city’s wonderful art gallery.”
John was born in Paisley and attended Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963.
He is also an award-winning writer and artist whose career has spanned almost 60 years.
His work ranges from plays and TV to book and record covers, illustrations and paintings. The fundraising collaboration was sparked after David McCracken, print curator at Peacock Visual Arts, heard about the campaign.
He said: “Every individual and organisation in the region will reap rewards from the ambitious transformation of Aberdeen Art Gallery.
“We wanted to support the redevelopment and the result is this bold new artwork by John Byrne.”
The £30m renovation, which council chiefs claimed will make the attraction among the “best regional galleries in the world”, has been funded by £10m from the authority and £10m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Works include the creation of 21 gallery spaces in place of the existing 11, as well as a community gallery in a new wing at the rear of the building.
The A-listed building is scheduled to reopen in winter. It first opened in 1885, partly funded through public donations.
Prints can be ordered through the Inspiring Art and Music fundraising campaign.