Billy Connolly | Born On A Rainy Day

BAFTA nominated actor, comedian, musician and presenter Billy Connolly CBE unveiled the results of a five-year foray into the world of contemporary art with the launch of Born On A Rainy Day in 2012. 

The collection of six limited edition pieces is created and signed by the star of Mrs Brown and The Last Samurai and is based on characters from the Glaswegian's imagination. He was inspired to create the series following a rainy day in Montreal in 2007, when he was on tour. After buying some felt tip pens and a sketchbook, he sketched islands - which in time became his humorous, detailed shapes. 

Commenting on the success of the launch, Billy said: "I feel very proud and happy that I've done it - they look so good in their frames, hanging up. I'm astonished that it's got this far." Fellow comedian Vic Reeves added: "If I look at a painting and it makes me smile or makes me sad, then it's achieved the effect it should have. I can smile at most of these." 

To date, Billy has released six successful collections from the series. Shop his latest collection here


Billy Connolly

Sandy & Andy McKay

Billy Connolly

Pink Tie & Hanky

Billy Connolly

Happy New Haircut

Billy Connolly

Blue Angel

Billy Connolly

"Art, for me, bears no relation to comedy or music. My art is pure and un-judged. I am creating it for myself. Art is different; it liberates you."

Billy Connolly

Featured Artist

From the blog

#ASKBILLY: Billy Connolly answers your questions


'The Big Yin' revealed the fifth instalment of his Born On A Rainy Day collection. To celebrate, we gave collectors the chance to have their questions answered by the award-winning comedian.

Billy Connolly - Making life more colourful


The artist celebrates a decade with Castle Fine Art – and his upcoming 80th birthday – with eye-popping new limited-edition silkscreen artworks and sculptures as the latest instalment of his acclaimed Born on a Rainy Day collection

Flying Free with Billy Connolly on his 80th birthday


Billy Connolly launches 'Free Flight Variations', a limited edition series of 365 pieces, every single one unique.

Thank you for signing up to our newsletter.

Join our mailing list for exclusive discounts, the latest art news, artist updates and more.

Your email is safe with us. For more information, see our privacy policy.

© Copyright Washington Green Retail Limited trading as Castle Fine Art. First published 2012, last updated 2023. Washington Green Retail Limited acts as a credit broker and offers credit products from Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance.

Washington Green Retail Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our registration number is 726395. Credit provided subject to age and status. Terms & Conditions Privacy Cookies V12 Finance