John Bellany

John Bellany - Profile Picture

John Bellany – Profile Picture

John Bellany CBE, RA, HRSA

1942           Born Port Seton, Scotland

2013           Died

1960-65    Edinburgh College of Art. Studied painting under Sir Robin Philipson and Sir William Gillies

1965-68    Royal College of Art, London. Studied under Carel Weight and Peter de Francia

1967           Official cultural visit to East Germany with Alan Bold and Alexander Moffat: visited Dresden, Halle, Weimar, East Berlin and the Concentration Camp of Buchenwald

1968           Lecturer in Painting, Brighton College of Art

1969-73    Lecturer in Painting, Winchester College of Art

 Visiting lecturer at Royal College of Art and Goldsmith’s College of Art

1978-84    Lecturer in Painting, Goldsmith’s College of Art

Lecturer in Painting, Royal College of Art, London

1983           Artist in Residence, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

1988           Elected Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge

1994           Awarded CBE by Her Majesty, The Queen

1996           Awarded Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh

1998           Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Herriot Watt University

                   Honorary Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art, London

2002         Honorary Citizen, Focandora, Barga

                  Awarded the Chevalier Medal, Florence

                  Awarded the Freedom of San Cristoforo, Barga

2005         Awarded The Freedom of East Lothian

2009         Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Queen Margaret University, Scotland

 Retrospective Exhibitions

1986         Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

                  Serpentine Gallery, London

1988-89  Hamburger Kunsthalle and Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

1995        Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

2002        Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

2006        John Bellany – Eine Schottische Odyssee – Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg, Germany

2007         John Bellany – Eine Schottische Odyssee – Spandau Zitadelle, Berlin, Germany

2009         Bellany: Works on Paper, 1965-2009, Beaux Arts, London

 Solo Exhibitions

1965           Dromidaris Gallery, Holland

1968           Edinburgh College of Art

1969           Winchester School of Art

1970, 71, 73, 74    Drian Gallery, London

1970           Hendricks Gallery, Dublin

1971           New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh

Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh

1972           Royal College of Art, London

1973           Triad Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Royal College of Art

                     Edinburgh City Arts Centre

1975           Aberdeen City Art Gallery

1977, 80     Acme Gallery, London

1978, 79    Glasgow Print Studio

1978           Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh

Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh

Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews

1979         Third Eye Centre, Glasgow

                   Southampton City Art Gallery

                   Newcastle Polytechnic

1980         Moira Kelly Fine Art, London

1981         Goldsmith’s College of Art, London

1982, 84  Rosa Esman Gallery, New York

1983         Paintings 1971-82, touring exhibition: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; Rochdale Art Gallery; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; MacLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr; Rosa Esman Gallery, New York; Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1984         Dűsseldorf Gallery, Perth

                  Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney

                  Mercury Gallery, Edinburgh

1984, 87 Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney

1986        National Portrait Gallery, London

                  Galerie Krikhaar, Amsterdam

Inaugural Exhibition for the opening of the Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh and touring Scotland

1986, 89 Fischer Fine Art, London

1987        Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London

                 The Old Man and the Sea: Paintings and Prints, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

                  Greenhill Galleries, Perth

                 Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

                 Hendricks Gallery, Dublin

                 MacLaurin Gallery, Ayr

Bellany as Printmaker 1965-1985, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Beaux Arts, Bath

                  Recent Acquisitions, National Portrait Gallery, London

1987, 96 The Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen

1988        Workshop Gallery, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Beaux Arts, Bath

1988, 90      Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York

1989        The Renaissance of John Bellany: watercolours painted in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

                 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

                 John Bellany: A Renaissance, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

                 Aberdeen Art Gallery

1989, 94 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

1990        Raab Gallery, Berlin

                  Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1991        Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

                 Fischer Fine Art, London

1992        A Long Night’s Journey into Day: A 50th Birthday Tribute, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

50th Birthday: A Celebration, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

1992, 93   Flowers East Gallery, London 1993          Prints, Drawings and Watercolours 1970-1993, Berkeley Square Gallery, London

1994          Recent Paintings, Flowers East at London Fields, London

1995          Recent Paintings, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York

John Bellany: New Paintings, John Bellany; Print-Maker, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival Exhibition Strathclyde University Gallery, Glasgow

1996          Monoprints, Flowers East, London

MacGeary Gallery, Brussels Galeria Kin, Mexico

1997           A Toast to Mexico, Beaux Arts, London

1998           A Scottish Odyssey, Beaux Arts, London

1998-99    Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

2000           Beaux Arts, London Solomon Gallery, Dublin

2001           John Bellany, University of Northumbria

Haven, Beaux Arts, London

2002           John Bellany at 60, Beaux Arts, London

60th Birthday Exhibition, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Bellany at 60, Solomon Gallery, Dublin

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Commune Galleria, Barga

2003           John Bellany, Piazza Angelio, Barga, Italy

Beaux Arts, Bath,

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2004           Solomon Gallery, Dublin

                   Beaux Arts Gallery, London

                  Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival Exhibition)

2005         East Lothian exhibitions to celebrate John Bellany’s Freedom of East Lothian award

National Gallery of China, Beijing, National Gallery Shanghai, China

The John Bellany Odyssey, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

2006         Celtic Vision, Solomon Gallery, Dublin

                   Beaux Arts, London

2007         The Eternal Sea, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

Edinburgh Festival, Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh

Enchanted Land, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2008         Beaux Arts, London

                  Solomon Gallery, Dublin

                  Harbour Gallery, Port Seton

John Bellany and Thomas Gainsborough, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

                  Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall

2009         Bellany: Works on Paper, 1965-2009, Beaux Arts, London

                  John Bellany: A Celtic Voyage, Open Eye, Edinburgh

2010         John Bellany: Love in the Abyss, Beaux Arts, London

2012         John Bellany, Beaux Arts, London

 Selected Group Exhibitions

1963         Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, hung on railings at Castle Terrace (with Alexander Moffat)

1965, 66, 67  Young Contemporaries, London

1965          Edinburgh Festival Exhibition on Mound steps (with Alexander Moffat)

                   John Moores Exhibition 6, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1968         Twenty by Fifty-Seven, New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh

1970         The Nude, New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh

1971         Arcadia Fine Art, Edinburgh (with William Crozier; Rodick Carmichael and Peter Stitt)

Scottish Realism, Scottish Arts Council Touring Exhibition

10 Scottish Printmakers, Sussex University

1972        British Figurative Art, Nova London Gallery, Copenhagen

                  Scottish Artists (touring exhibition, New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh)

1973        Figures in the Landscape, Arts Council Touring Exhibition

                  London Group, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1974        A Choice Selection, Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Edinburgh

                  British Painting ’74, Hayward Gallery, London

                  British Art ’74, Germany (British Council touring exhibition)

                  John Moores Exhibition 9, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1975        4 Scottish Realists, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

                  English and Scottish Painting ’75, Fieldborne Galleries, London

1976        John Moores Exhibition 10, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1977        25 Years of British Painting, Royal Academy, London

                  Expressionism and Scottish Painting, Scottish Arts Council (touring exhibition)

                  London Group, Royal College of Art Galleries, London

                 Scottish Painting, Edinburgh College of Art

1979        Scottish Artists, Amos Anderson Gallery, Helsinki

                 Tate ’79, Tate Gallery, London

Independent Irish Artists, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin (with Bacon, Crozier & Freud)

British Painting, Oxford University

The British Art Show, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, and touring

1980        John Moores Exhibition 12, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (Prize-winner)

                  British Art 1940-1980: The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London

1981        National Portrait Gallery, London

                 The Triptych, Ian Birksted Gallery

Peter Moores Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Goldsmith’s College, London

                 The Nude, Angela Flowers Gallery, London

                 13 British Artists, British Council exhibition touring Germany

                 Art and the Sea, touring exhibition

1982       The Subjective Eye, touring exhibition

                 John Moores Exhibition 13, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

                 Contemporary Choice, Serpentine Gallery, London

                 Inner Worlds, Arts Council touring exhibition

                 Drawing Towards Prints, Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh

1983        Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

                 Self-Portraits, Scottish Arts Council touring exhibition

                 Scottish Expressionism, Warwick Arts Trust, London

                 The Hard Won Image, Tate Gallery, London

                 The British Art Show, touring exhibition

1985       Athena International Awards, Mall Galleries, London (joint first prize)

                 British Painting, Manchester City Art Gallery; Fine Art Society, Edinburgh

1986        Man and Animals, Arts Council exhibition, Nottingham Castle

                  Celtic Vision, touring exhibition, opened Madrid

1987           Scottish Painting 1954-87, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh; Warwick Arts Trust, London

Represented Britain in Ljubljana Print Biennale, Yugoslavia;

2nd Triennale of European Engraving, Grada, Italy

The Self-Portrait, selected by Edward Lucie-Smith & Sean Kelly, Artsite Gallery, Bath; Fischer Fine Art, London

The Scottish Bestiary, The Banqueting House, London (portfolio of prints, touring exhibition)

1988        British Romantic Painting, touring exhibition, opened Madrid

The Royal College of Art Print Portfolio Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

1989        El Greco Exhibition, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (guest artist)

                  Eros in Albion (House of Massaccio), British Council Exhibition, Italy

                 British Figurative Painting, selected by Norbert Lynton

Every Picture Tells a Story, British Council touring exhibition, Hong Kong; Singapore, Africa

Scottish Paintings since 1900, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Barbican Art Gallery, London

1990        Glasgow’s Great British Art Show, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

                  The Compass Contribution, Tramway, Glasgow

                 8 Scottish Printmakers, British Council touring exhibition, Singapore; Glasgow

Turning the Century, The New Scottish Painting, The Raab Gallery, London; Milan; Berlin; USA

                 Scotland Creates, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

1992       New British Art, British Council Exhibition, Denmark

                 Modern Masters (prints), Berkeley Square Gallery, London

1993        Scottish Painting, Flowers East, London

                  Contemporary Trends in British Art, Hayward Gallery, London

                 The Line of Tradition, Scotland

                 John Moores Exhibition 18, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1994        The Bigger Picture, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

After Redoute: Recent flower paintings, drawings and photographs, Flowers East, London

1995        Contemporary British Art in Print: The Publications of The Paragon Press 1986-95, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

1996        The Power of Images, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

                 Naked, Flowers East at London Fields, London

                 Rye Art Gallery

                 Virgin Airways Upper Class Lounge

                 Realism, Künstlersonderbund of Deutschland, Berlin

                 Angela Flowers (Ireland) Inc., Co. Cork, Ireland

1997        Print, Riverside Studios, London

                  Contemporary British Portraits, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1998        Religious Images, National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1999        Scottish Artists, Solomon Gallery, Dublin

2000        A Celebration of Mary Queen of Scots, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh

2002        Pictures at an Exhibition, Moussorgsky Musical Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2003        Contemporary Religious Art, St Paul’s Cathedral, London

2004        The Enchanted Land: Puccini’s Landscape, Lights and Colours, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow

2005        The Royal Academy in China, National Gallery of China, Beijing, Shanghai Gallery of Art, China

                 European Union Gallery, Brussels

2006        Royal Academicians in China, Sackler Wing, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2007        Florence Biennale, Italy

2009        Four Scottish Painters, Barns-Graham, Bellany, Davie and Redpath, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

2009        Florence Biennale, Italy

Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions every year from 1985-2013

Public Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Arts Council of Great Britain

Belfast Polytechnic

British Council

British Museum, London

Chesser House, Edinburgh

Contemporary Art Society

Dundee Central Museum and Art Gallery

Edinburgh Corporation

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums

Government Art Collection

Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Isle of Man Arts Council Collection

J.F. Kennedy Library, Boston

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery

Leeds City Art Gallery

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

MacLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Middlesbrough Art Gallery

Museum of Boca Raton, Florida

Museum of London

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Gdansk

National Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

National Gallery of Poland, Warsaw

National Library of Congress, Washington

National Portrait Gallery, London

New York Public Library

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Royal College of Art, London

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Scottish Arts Council

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sheffield City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tate Gallery, London

Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

University of Western Australia, Perth

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Wolverhampton Municipal Art Gallery and Museum

Yale Centre of British Art

Zuider Zee Museum, Holland

 Awards, Commissions and Prizes

1962           Andrew Grant Scholarship. Travel to Paris.

                 Postgraduate travelling scholarship. Travel to Holland and Belgium

Commissioned by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to paint murals for Chesser House, Edinburgh

1965           Burston Award, Royal College of Art, London

1980           John Moores Prizewinner

1981           Major Arts Council Award

                 Wollaston Award, Royal Academy, London

1985           Athena International Art Award (joint first prizewinner)

1987           Wollaston Award, Royal Academy, London

1991           Commissioned to paint Lord Renfrew and Sir Roy Calne by the National Portrait Gallery, London

1992           British Council visit to Central Europe, Prague, Vienna, Budapest

1993           Korn/Ferry Picture of the Year, Royal Academy, London

1995           Glasgow Herald Award for Excellence

2002           Cheval Medal from City of Florence

2004           Fishers in the Snow presented to the New Scottish Parliament

2005 Awarded The First Freedom of East Lothian

2009           Awarded Honorary Doctorate, Queen Margaret University, Scotland