John Bellany sadly passed away last year, leaving a legacy of one of the best loved Scottish artists of the 20th Century. His early works are now highly sought after, and we are delighted to bring to market this important piece from c.1974
Using a pictoral language in a completely personal way, Bellany sought to bring his own perception of the world to his painting. A superb colourist, he used bright colours to create emotional impact. Born in Port Seton in 1942, the son of a boat builder, and as a boy he was surrounded by working fisherman, observing their close relationship with the sea and the hard, rugged way of life these men endured. Art College followed, here in Edinburgh, where his absolute passion for painting was often at odds with the other students and staff; continuing as a painter in the wide world, it was natural that Bellany should focus on motifs and subjects relating to the fishing world.
This extraordinary painting comes from that era, and as if to indicate it's importance, it's sister piece, 'The Sea People I' is held in public collection at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The painting here at E.D.S Gallery hasn't been seen in public exhibition for 40 years - but it has now come to us through it's owner, a fellow painter, and great friend of Bellany, who was at art college with him and who was in several group exhibitions with him after graduating.