Scottish artist John Bellany employed a visual language at once realist, expressionist and surrealist, to confront issues of mortality, evil and survival. This complex approach was largely at odds with the abstraction dominant during the 1960’s when Bellany was a student at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. The act of painting enabled Bellany to overcome alcoholism and survive numerous near-death experiences. The cat was a motif the artist used in other works including his 1987 Self-portrait. A retrospective at the @natgalleriessco in 2012 celebrated Bellany’s life and work and his work is housed in major collections including the @nationalportraitgallery, @tate and the @metmuseum. Bellany was made an RA in 1991 and appointed CBE in 1994.
23rd January, 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design. Lot 60. John Bellany, (1942 – 2013), untitled, Scottish school, circa 1960’s, oil on board. Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000.
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