Our collectors were treated to a surprise last night when award-winning actor, comedian and TV presenter Billy Connolly stopped by our Glasgow gallery to launch the third instalment of his sell-out collection, Born On A Rainy Day. The hand-signed collection is now available to buy online and in galleries nationwide.
The selection of humorous black-and-white drawings takes its name from a drizzly 2007 day in Montreal, Canada, where Billy Connolly was touring. Keen to escape the rain, he visited a local art shop and bought felt tips and a sketchbook. His efforts paid off: five years later, in 2012, he celebrated his first-ever foray into fine art - which was an instant success.
Speaking about his love for creating art, Billy said: “My art bears no relation to comedy or music. It is pure and unjudged and I am creating for myself. It is personal and private, whereas with a film, comedy show or music you expect people to be critiquing, watching, assessing. Art is different - it liberates you.”
Nicola Duffy, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art Glasgow, added: “Billy Connolly is a true national treasure and we couldn’t feel more privileged to be exhibiting his work here in Glasgow.
“It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Billy himself to the gallery to see his work on display and speak to fans, collectors and the press about his latest works. His artwork has a unique, humorous charm which has always been hugely popular, and the new pieces are no exception.”
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