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Artist - John Bellany

John Bellany, born 1942 in Port Seton, Scotland, died 2013. Designed posters for London Transport 1987-1990

  • Educated; Edinburgh College of Art; 1960-1965
  • Educated; Royal College of Art; 1965-1968


John Bellany is an eminent Scottish painter. Born into a Calvinist family of fishermen and boat builders, his early work was greatly inspired by religion and battling the elements out at sea. He often portrayed local marine seascapes and Scottish coastal communities. He is best known for his figurative paintings, in which mythology and a preoccupation with mortality play a defining role. Bellany taught at Brighton College of Art in 1968 and was Head of the Faculty of Painting at Croydon College from 1973 to 1978. He then taught at Goldsmiths College of Art until 1984. Bellany became a Royal Academician in 1991.

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