David Eustace | Dear John

David Eustace took his first portrait of the brilliant painter playwright John Byrne in 1989. John has since become his most revisited subject. This March The Scottish Gallery presents Dear John, an exhibition accompanied by a limited-run portfolio of 12 of the artist’s favourite portraits of John Byrne.

© David Eustace

David Eustace’s last exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Still. Landscape. Life., was reviewed in the Winter 2018 Edition of Studies in Photography by Sara Stevenson. She discussed the exhibition with reference to the relationship between photography, the photographer and time. Her thoughts neatly transfer to Eustace’s Dear John portfolio and this 30 year portrait series of John Byrne. 

She wrote:

‘One of the essential and magical components of photography has always been time. That sense of the pinpoint fraction, the moment, which hypnotised the followers of Henri Cartier Bresson, still haunts our critical thinking… This, one element in the unstable nature of photography, helps to emphasise its role as an art form - it was and is a construct, and never was the reflection of reality.’

© David Eustace

Dear John is on display at The Scottish Gallery 4 - 28 March 2020.

The twelve Dear John portraits will be compiled in a limited-edition portfolio. A number of individual prints will also be available.

Contact The Scottish Gallery for more information.

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