John Bellany (1942 − )
Bellany was born in Port Seton in Scotland and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and later at the Royal College of Art in London.
He grew up in a small fishing village where his father was a fisherman and many of the symbolic images he uses come from the sea: boats, birds, fish and other sea creatures.
Animals also appear in this symbolic language, sometimes with traditional meaning (Artist as Monkey), sometimes personal (Self portrait as Dog). Fate is represented by a clock or playing cards.
Throughout his career Bellany has portrayed, directly or obliquely, events in his own life. Portraits, especially self portraits, are central to his work, and include a series done in 1988 following his liver transplant operation. He was made a Royal Academician in 1991.
- Estonia, Tallinn, Museum Of Contemporary Art
- China, Beijing, Yan Huang Art Gallery
- Australia, Ipswich Regional Gallery
- Australia, Campbelltown, Campbelltown City Art Gallery
- Australia, Orange Regional Gallery
- Scotland, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Albania, Tirana, National Gallery
- Croatia, Osijek, Galerija Likovbih Umjetnosti
- Croatia, Zagreb, British Council Office - Zagreb
- Jamaica, Kingston, National Gallery Of Jamaica
- Barbados, St Michael, Barbados Museum And Historical Society
- Barbados, St Michael, Central Bank Gallery
- Colombia, Colombia
- Ecuador, Ecuador
- Brazil, Brazil
- Germany, Braunschweig, Kunstverein
- Switzerland, Chur, Bundner Kunstmuseum
- Germany, Mannheim, Kunstverein
- Germany, Aachen, Neue Galerie - Sammlung Ludwig