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John Bellany

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  • Untitled c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 152 x 121 cms

  • The Sea People c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 122 x 92 cms

  • Woman with Cat c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 90 x 90 cms

  • Untitled c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 152 x 152 cms

  • Fisher Family c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 152 x 152 cms

  • Hastings c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 152 x 152 cms

  • Untitled 1993

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 152 x 152 cms

  • Waiting c.1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 121.5 x 91 cms

  • Boy Graham, Hastings c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 122 x 91 cms

  • Untitled c. 1990s

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 152 x 152 cms

JOHN BELLANY is one of the most influential Scottish painters since the war, and has re-established a native, figurative art at a time when Modernism and abstraction seemed invincible. Bellany was born in Port Seton in 1942. His father and grandfather were fishermen in Port Seton and Eyemouth near Edinburgh.

During the early 1960s, he studied at Edinburgh College of Art, here he met with other young Scottish artists to begin lifelong friendships and share ideals for a renaissance in Scottish arts. His contemporaries included Alan Bold and Alexander Moffat. Bellany and Moffat studied under Robin Philipson. Their initial interest was in impressionism but with their common Scottish background they looked toward Alan Davie as a connection to a greater but more accessible artistic world.

After his studies at Edinburgh, Bellany achieved a major travelling scholarship and travelled around Europe discovering how the traditions of the great northern European masters could be connected to his own Scottish experience.

 

1942   Born in Port Seton, Scotland

1965  Edinburgh College of Art

Studied painting under Sir Robin Philipson and Sir William Gillies.

1965-68 Royal College of Art, London, Studied under Carel Weight and Peter de Francia

1967  Official cultural visit to East Germany with Alan Bold and Alexander Moffat:

visited Dresden, Halle, Weimar, East Berlin and the concentration camp of Buchenwald.

1968  Lecturer in Painting, Brighton College of Art

1969-73 Lecturer in Painting, Winchester College of Art

Visiting lecturer at Royal College of Art, London

1978-84 Lecturers in Painting, Goldsmith’s College of Art

Lecturer in Painting, Royal College of Art

1983  Artist in Residence, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

1988   Elected Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge

1994   Awarded CBE by Her Majesty, The Queen

1996   Awarded Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh

1998   Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Heriot Watt University

Honorary Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art, London

2002 Honorary Citizen, Fonandora, Barga

Awarded the Chevalier Medal, Florence

Awarded the Freedom of San Cristoforo, Barga

2005  Awarded the Freedom of East Lothian

2009  Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Queen Margaret University, Scotland

 

MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

1986 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Serpentine Gallery, London

1988-89 Hamburger Kunsthalle & Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

1995 Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

2002 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

2006 John Bellany –Eine Schottische Odyssee Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg, Germany

2007 John Bellany Eine Schottische Odyssee Spandau Zitadelle, Berlin, Germany

2009 Bellany: Works on Paper, 1965 2009, Beaux Arts, London

2012 Bellany: Epic Voyage, retrospective spanning 5 decades, Beaux Arts, London

John Bellany: A Passion for Life, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Arts Council of Great Britain

Belfast Polytechnic

British Council

British Museum, London

Chesser House, Edinburgh

Contemporary Art Society

Dundee Central Museum and Art Gallery

Edinburgh Corporation

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums

Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Isle of Man Arts Council Collection

J.F. Kennedy Library, Boston

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery

Leeds City Art Gallery

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

MacLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Middlesbrough Art Gallery

Museum of Boca Raton, Florida

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Gdansk

National Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

National Gallery of Poland, Warsaw

National Library of Congress, Washington

National Portrait Gallery, London

New York Public Library

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Royal College of Art, London

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Scottish Arts Council

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sheffield City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tate Gallery, London

Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth

University of Western Australia, Perth

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Wolverhampton Municipal Art Gallery and Museum

Yale Centre of British Art

Zuiderzee Museum, Holland