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John Bellany, b. 1942. Artist (Self-portrait) (with Alan Davie, b. 1920)
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John Bellany, b. 1942. Artist (Self-portrait) (with Alan Davie, b. 1920) Dated 1983

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
During the mid-1980s, Bellany increasingly focused on portraiture as a creative outlet. Rather than achieving as close a likeness as possible, Bellany’s portraits are vibrant visual statements that often say something about himself as well as the sitter. Not surprisingly, the self-portrait is central to the artist’s oeuvre. In this image, the artist – on the right – and fellow artist Alan Davie seem compressed by magical symbols, which play a large role in both men’s work. This double portrait is the homage of one artist to another; just as Bellany's paintings have inspired the younger generation of Scottish artists, so did Davie's before that inspire Bellany's generation. Yet it is also a painting where the two artists, side by side, watch us, the public, inspect their work.


  • Acc. No. PG 2632
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 213.30 x 165.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984