|Experienced With||Commissions, Lectures, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements|
Art for me has been a journey—an interesting and creative one which has taken me through the worlds of theatre and education, computers and fine art.
I initially worked as a scenic designer. My experience with computers and teaching Graphic Design has allowed me to become proficient with the Adobe programs, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator. Since my introduction to the computer it has been my desire to incorporate new techniques into my work. I use these programs to enhance my photographs and create images that serve as guidelines for my painting.
My most recent work has been cityscapes based on my own photography. Stage design has given me an appreciation of the timeworn and weather-beaten appearance one can observe in the urban landscape. It is these features, I believe, that give my subjects their character and interest. I rarely include people in my paintings and when I do they are usually incidental or background figures. Their presence is evident in the battered appearance of the environment and the details of “setting dressing.” In my painting I try to manifest the beauty of these objects and bring out the humanity.
Alan Byrne is a native of New York City, but a Pittsburgher by choice for almost forty years. With a background in the Theatre, he pursued a career as a scenic and lighting designer. Over the years assignments in the theatre expanded to include writing, directing and, occasionally, acting. At the turn of the century Byrne began teaching in a Visual Communications program and it was here that he was introduced to the field of computer graphics. He is currently teaching in the Graphic Design program at the Community College of Allegheny County.
As an artist Byrne has concentrated on painting and has exhibited in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and egg tempera. His work has been included in shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Monroeville Library and Robert Morris University. He is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists and has work included in the Friends of Art Collection of the Pittsburgh Public Schools.