John Bellany

Self-Portrait (from 'The Addenbrookes Hospital Series')

About this artwork

Bellany has always used his immediate surroundings and his own experiences as raw material for his art. In 1988 he underwent liver transplant surgery. As soon as he came out of the intensive care unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, Bellany set to work producing self-portraits, charting the course of his hospitalisation and convalescence, covering the walls of his hospital room with drawings and watercolours. They reflect the inevitable ups and downs of the patient: the intense physical pain, the discomfort and fears that he might not pull through, and then the optimism about a new lease of life.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    John BellanyScottish (1942 - 2013)
  • title:
    Self-Portrait (from 'The Addenbrookes Hospital Series')
  • date created:
    Dated 14 May 1988
  • materials:
    Red chalk on paper
  • measurements:
    57 x 38.50 cm (framed: 79.70 x 59.20 x 2.70 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1990
  • accession number:
    GMA 3538
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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John Bellany

John Bellany

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