In early May 2017, local artist Garry Byars began his unique painting “Aw the Buddies at Barshaw Park” 1 year on the artwork was finally completed. The original painting is now going to auction on eBay Thursday 28/06/18 and will end on Sma Shot Day 07/07/18.

Garry Said – It has been great fun to work on and to meet everybody, It all started off as a bit of fun, painting all the various characters. Paisley is a really a very beautiful town and with stunning Architecture, there are 191 real people, 20 Businesses and a couple of famous characters including Paolo Nutini, artist John Byrne, there are even 2 Police Officers in the original artwork.

This went far beyond my expectation and with so many local buddies participating, it was only right that proceeds from the sale of the original painting should go to a charity. I have chosen MS Scotland as the charity as a very close family member had Multiple Sclerosis, and I hope “Aw the Buddies at Barshaw Park” painting can help in any small way to raise awareness about MS Scotland and the good work that they do.

There are over 11,000 people living with MS in Scotland, this makes MS more common per capita in Scotland than most other countries in the world.

Pearo commented: – “I think this is a unique piece of art, that has the support form a huge part of the community in Paisley. This year long project of Garry’s has shown that his talent and hard work is appreciated by not only his fellow buddies but also people all around the world”
Lawrence Gilgallon commented : – I am pleased to be a initial supporter of Garry’s iconic picture which brings back happy family memories of visits to Barshaw park. A picture that brings the Paisley community spirit to the fore.

For more information about the auction and to view the original paining with signed prints available, please visit the Sunshine Gallery at the Paisley Shopping Centre Local Market (Level 2)
Big thanks to the Paisley Daily Express


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