|John Bellany, Male and Female Figures Chained, 1968|
A forthcoming memorial tribute exhibition to John Bellany at Beaux Arts Gallery (5-28 June 2014) has belatedly alerted me to his passing.
The Scottish artist's distinctive, expressionist paintings were (at their best) drenched in a dour, Celtic mythology mixed with Calvinism and rooted in the lives of fishermen; his vision was for much of his life fuelled by alcohol and seemed to channel the spirits of Beckmann, Bosch and Kokoschka. My selection of paintings is taken from the 1960s and 70s when his work was at its darkest - his palette subsequently lightened considerably.
Read obituaries by Janet McKenzie and in The Telegraph.
|John Bellany, The Fright, 1968|
|John Bellany, The Obsession, 1966|
|John Bellany, Star of Bethlehem, 1965|
|John Bellany, My Father, 1966|
|John Bellany, The Kilnlochbervie, 1966|
|John Bellany, Mizpah, 1978|