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John Bellany

(1942-2013), Painter

Sitter in 9 portraits
Artist of 4 portraits
Born in the Scottish town of Port Seton, Bellany studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of art. His large-scale portraits often include personal symbolism, related to artist and sitter; through painting, Bellany was said to have overcome depression, alcoholism and a liver transplant. A retrospective of Bellany's work was held at the Scottish National Gallery and at the Serpentine Gallery London in 1986. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1991.

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Ian Botham, by John Bellany - NPG 5835

Ian Botham

by John Bellany
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5835

Sir Roy Yorke Calne; John Bellany, by John Bellany - NPG 6193

Sir Roy Yorke Calne; John Bellany

by John Bellany
watercolour, diptych, 1992
NPG 6193

Colin Renfrew, Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, by John Bellany - NPG 6161

Colin Renfrew, Baron Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

by John Bellany
watercolour, diptych, 1992
NPG 6161

John Bellany; Ian Botham, by John Bellany - NPG D8599

John Bellany; Ian Botham

by John Bellany
etching, 1985
NPG D8599

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