John Bellany

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Self-portrait, (from 'The Addenbrookes Hospital Series'), 1988
The grave of John Bellany, Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh

John Bellany, CBE, RA (18 June 1942 – 28 August 2013) was a Scottish painter.

Bellany was born in Port Seton. During the 1960s, he studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art in London.[1][2]

In much of his work, he drew inspiration from the coastal communities from which he came. Many of Bellany's paintings contain the fishing community, either oil paintings of harbours, or portraits of the fishing community people. His health problems which led to a liver transplant also inspired works.[3]

A late life move to Barga, Tuscany, Italy had drastically changed his work which showed a huge optimism in the brighter colour range used.[citation needed]

Bellany's work is included in some of the world's great collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum, New York and Tate Britain, London.

He is buried beneath a blue-streaked, rough-hewn marble monument with one polished face. The grave lies on the south side of the main entrance path in Dean Cemetery on the west side of Edinburgh.


  1. ^ "Artist John Bellany dies at 71". BBC News. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Interview: John Bellany, artist". The Scotsman. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Mansfield, Susan (12 November 2012). "John Bellany: The resurrection man". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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