JOHN BELLANY, R.A., WOMAN OF ASCHAFFENBURG
01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #96

JOHN BELLANY, R.A., 1942–2013
WOMAN OF ASCHAFFENBURG

Oil on canvas
76 by 61cm.; 30 by 24in.
Private collection

Aschaffenburg is a district in Bavaria , Germany

John Bellany CBE RA (18 June 1942–28 August 2013) was a Scottish painter. In 1968 Bellany graduated and his diploma show was hailed as great success. After graduation, Bellany was offered a teaching position at the Edinburgh College of Art but he carried on as a working artist and flit between various teaching jobs at different art colleges. He was elected to The London Group in 1973

When in 1974 he separated from his wife his art appears to take on a darker tone. The symbolism increases and it seems as though each picture can have a whole narrative of symbols within it, increasingly the pictures become wilder and wilder tending more to expressionism, at this point he suffered a nervous breakdown and returned to Port Seton for recuperation.

Bellany was offered a show in New York which exhibited some of his earlier work.[citation needed] He lectured at Goldsmith’s College from 1978 to 1984. The New York 1982 tour presented his work to a much greater audience, resulting in purchases to important private collections as well as to the NY MOMA.

In 1985 a retrospective was arranged for the National Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery included a portrait of the cricketer Sir Ian Botham. This portrait attracted more publicity for Bellany than he had ever previously achieved.

In 1986, he remarried his first wife Helen. The liver disease was becoming unmanageable and by the end of 1987 it was clear death was near.[citation needed]

Bellany received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998 .

In 2005 he suffered a heart attack. He died in 2013. More on John Bellany

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