John Bellany is one of Scotland’s most renowned painters. The work that he produced since leaving the small fishing village of Port Seton and going to Edinburgh College of Art in 1960 is unique. At a time when Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism were taking the world by storm, Bellany was painting large compositions that dealt with the flawed nature of humanity and featured his own personal symbolism, often derived from the sea and religion.
Over the years his work evolved, influenced by his health, relationships, experiences and his study of the history of art (particularly the Old Masters). This feature will explore some avenues of Bellany’s career and highlight some of the exceptional works in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.