Dubliner Gerard Byrne is a self-taught painter and electrician. In recent years he has enjoyed considerable commercial success as a painter and has sold work to the Guiness Collection as well as the Department of Justice, Foreign Affairs and, naturally, the Electricity Supply Board! He regularly exhibits at the Gorry gallery in Dublin and has shown in New York and Berlin. Byrne uproarious, often satirical social scenes are painted from the imagination using catalogues as a reference for faces. His landscapes, street scenes, charcoal drawings and still life reveal a different sensibility; a careful observationist and chronicler of life as he sees it. He cites his influences as Sean Scully, Van Gogh, Gaugin and Matisse.