Billy Connolly's 75th to be celebrated in Glasgow murals
Byrne’s portrait features Connolly as he is now, will go on a wall end in Osborne Street, while Vettriano’s painting from the comedian’s World Tour of Scotland series in 1994, featuring a windblown Billy on a storm-lashed coast near John O’Groats, will be showcased in Dixon Street.
Maclean’s digital print of Connolly - in a specially created outfit, with motifs from his career such as ‘mini bike parked in bum’ epaulettes, make-up reflecting his famous ‘pale blue Scotsman’ joke - will go up in the Gallowgate.
Connolly who sat for all three portraits, said he was delighted with the tribute.
“I’m probably more famous for being a Glaswegian than anything else I’ve actually done. It’s been great to have been home to take part in this and a real privilege to be part of these artists’ work.”
A specially-commissioned BBC Scotland programme ‘Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime’ will be transmitted in June.