John Bellany RIP

bellanyI was sorry to hear of his death recently. My mother went to Edinburgh Art College with him in the dank and dour 1960’s Edinburgh. She remembers him as hard working unlike a lot of the wastrels who cluttered up the college.  In the 1980s some farmily friends had to quickly downsize from a large West End flat to a cottage in the country. They had a huge painting by Bellany which they had bought from his graduation show. It was in ochres and of an old woman and I think in front of  Port Seaton. At least in my memory the sea come into it somehow. It was in my parents hall for many years while the friends tried to find a buyer. Eventually it went to a private bank in London. I was sad then it had grown on me in the intervening years there was a quality about the face. The hard life etched onto it and the direct way he had painted it. I looked on google images to see if somehow it had become public but nothing. Instead a fishing boat which brings back memories of Port Seaton and Cockenzie walking along in the summer.


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