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John Bellany CBE RA (British b. 1942)


John Bellany was born in Scotland in 1942. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art under Sir Robin Phillipson from 1960 to 1965. He later attended the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied under Carel Weight and Peter de Francia from 1965 to 1968. Bellany went on to become Lecturer in Painting at Brighton College of Art in 1968 and from 1969 to 1973 was Lecturer in Painting at Winchester College of Art, Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and at Goldsmiths College of Art. From 1978 to 1984 he was Lecturer in Painting at Goldsmiths College of Art and was Artist in Residence at Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1983.

John Bellany's first international solo exhibition was held at Rosa Esman Gallery, New York in 1982 and this led to a number of exhibitions on the continent and throughout the world. In 1986 he was given the first one-man show ever to be held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, centred around his portrait of Ian Botham, commissioned by the NPG. He also had a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery, Scotland in 1994, exhibiting his portrait of the composer, Peter Maxwell Davis commissioned by the gallery. Major retrospectives of his work were held in 1983 (touring the UK, the United States and Australia), in 1986 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 1988 at the Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York and at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (1988-89). Bellany has been honoured with a number of major awards, including, Major Arts Council Award (1981), the Royal Academy's Wollaston Award (1987). In 1993 he won the Korn/Ferry Picture of the Year Award at the Royal Academy. His commissions include murals for Chesser House, Edinburgh (commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1965) and the portraits of Lord Renfrew and Sir Roy Caine (commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London).

Bellany was elected Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1988 and in 1994 was awarded the CBE. He was elected RA in 1991 (ARA 1986), Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1986, and in 1998 was made a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London.

John Bellany. Untitled (red earth)


Untitled (Red Earth)
Screenprint in sepia on Fabriano artistico paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 20
76.4 x 56cm. (sheet)

£450 (framed)

John Bellany. Call of the Sea
Call of the Sea (1)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea (2)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea


Call of the Sea (3)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea (4)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

 
John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea (5)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea (6)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea (7)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea
(8)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300

John Bellany. Call of the Sea



Call of the Sea (9)
Screenprint on B.F.K Rives paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 60
77 x 58.5cm. (sheet)

£300


John Bellany. Odyssey

Odyssey
Screenprint in 25 colours on Somerset textured paper
1998
signed, dated and numbered from edition of 100 (no 79)
85.5 x 117cm. (sheet)
printed by Kip Gresham, Ian Wilkinson and Jimi Kazak

Example in Tate Collection.

Since the late 1960s, Bellany has frequently employed the structure of the triptych for its narrative possibilities. The print Odyssey is based on a three panelled painting of 1995, Sweet Promise (City Art Centre: City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries), which it closely resembles.

SOLD


John Bellany. Celtic Voyage

Celtic Voyage
Lithograph printed in 5 colours on Somerset Satin paper
1992
signed, dated and numbered 29/50
76.4 x 56.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD

John Bellany. aurora



Aurora
Screenprint printed in colours on Fabriano artistico paper
1996
signed, dated and numbered 60/100
76.4 x 56cm. (sheet)

SOLD

John Bellany. The Ancient Mariner



The Ancient Mariner

Screenprint on Fabriano artistico paper
1996
signed and numbered PPIII/III
one of 3 printer's proof outside edition of 16
76.4 x 56cm. (sheet)

SOLD

Homage to Coleridge (as above in sepia)
Screenprint in sepia on Fabriano artistico paper
1995
signed and numbered from the edition of 20
76.4 x 56cm. (sheet)

SOLD 
John Bellany. Untitled



Untitled
Screenprint on Velin d'Arches paper
1995
signed and numbered PPIII/III
one of 3 printer's proof outside edition of 27
46 x 37.5cm. (sheet)

SOLD

John Bellany. The Wanderer



The Wanderer (Complete suite)
Cambridge: Gresham Studio, 1998.
5 black and white screenprints by John Bellany printed on Ruscombe Gresham handmade paper, each signed and numbered 16/20 (edition of 20, plus 3 printer's proofs, 5 artist's proofs, 3 archive copies, 2 hors commerce copies), loose as issued with title sheet and 5 screenprints
75 x 56cm. (sheet size.)

SOLD


John Bellany. Call of the Sea



The Call of the Sea (Complete Portfolio)
Cambridge: Gresham Studio, 1995. Portfolio of 12 black and white screenprints by John Bellany printed on B.F.K. Rives Blanc paper, each signed and numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil, (There were 3 printer's proofs, 2 archive proofs, 1 hors commerce copy and 30 bound sets in the edition), loose as issued with original title sheet and 12 screenprints
77 x 58.5 cm. (30" x 23") sheet size.

£2,000

John Bellany. Serendipity



Serendipity
Etching on wove paper
1987
signed and numbered from the edition of 48
31 x 31cm. (sheet)

SOLD

Published by the RCA in 1987.

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