An artwork depicting two of Paisley’s historic landmarks has been displayed in the Scottish Parliament by the local MSP, George Adam. The painting was created by local artist Garry Byers who runs the Sunshine Gallery in the Paisley Centre. Garry set up the gallery in December of 2009 in order to showcase local amateur artists and photographers. For each piece that Garry is able to sell a small percentage covers Garry’s running costs, the rest goes to the artist or community group that created the artworks.
Speaking on Garry’s painting, George said:
‘Garry is an inspirational character, working with community groups and individual artists not only to create artworks, but to develop positive attitudes and a sense of achievement for those involved. He should be commended for all the work that he does, spreading the creative and therapeutic aspects of developing art. I have a great deal of respect for him.
‘Not only that, he is a talented artist in his own right. Readers of the Paisley Daily Express may remember that I personally commissioned Garry to create an artwork, showing Paisley at its best, to hang in the parliament.
‘I am delighted that Garry has completed the painting showing the town hall and Paisley Abbey, viewed from the river. It is one of the less used aspects for photographs and paintings but I’m sure most people will agree that Garry has done a wonderful job.
‘I was delighted that Garry was able to come over to the parliament to unveil his artwork in my office. I already have had a number of visitors over to the parliament since the painting was hung and everyone has been impressed. Maybe not only about Garry’s talent, but that a piece of Paisley is recognised in the parliament of the nation.
‘Now we have our own piece of Paisley in the parliament. This is a big change for me. Usually I am talking about the town every chance that I get in the parliament’s chamber. Now we have our own representation in the Paisley MSP’s office.
‘I would like to thank Garry for all the work he has put into the painting. It is a fantastic piece reminding me of the town I am privileged to represent.’