Still Life on a Table



The back with old gallery label Archeus Fine Art

Floated in a Tuscan cassetta green, black & gilded frame 79.5cm., 31.25 long.,& 64cm., 5.25 high

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Height 55.9 cm / 22 "
Width 40.7 cm / 16 "

Oil on Canvas



Born: 18 June 1942, Port Seton, East Lothian, Scotland, UK Elected ARA: 20 November 1986 Elected RA: 26 June 1991 Category of Membership: Painter Biography: John Bellany studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art under Sir Robin Phillipson from 1960 to 1965. During this time he gained an Andrew Grant Scholarship in 1962, taking him to Paris and in 1965 he received a Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship enabling him to travel to Holland and Belgium. He went on to attend the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied under Carel Weight and Peter de Francia from 1965 to 1968. Bellany went on to be Lecturer in Painting at Brighton College of Art in 1968 and from 1969 to 1973 was Lecturer in Painting at Winchester College of Art, Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and at Goldsmiths College of Art. From 1978 to 1984 he was Lecturer in Painting at Goldsmiths College of Art and was Artist in Residence at Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1983. Bellany's first solo exhibitions were held at the Dromidaris Gallery, Holland (1965), at Edinburgh College of Art (1968) and at Winchester School of Art (1969). From 1970 he exhibited in one-man shows annually throughout the UK. His first international solo exhibition was held at Rosa Esman Gallery, New York in 1982 and this quickly led to a string of exhibitions on the continent and throughout the world. In 1986 he was given the first one-man show ever to be held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, centred around his portrait of Ian Botham, commissioned by the NPG. He also had a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery, Scotland in 1994, exhibiting his portrait of the composer, Peter Maxwell Davis commissioned by the gallery; this was surrounded by other works by Bellany, held in its collection. Retrospectives of his work were held in 1983 (touring the UK, the United States and Australia), in 1986 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 1988 at the Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York and at the Hamburger Kunsthalle and Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (1988-89). Bellany is having a major exhibition entitled 'Bellany in Italy', at the Ricci Foundation, Barga, Tuscany in 2002. His work has also been included in many key group exhibitions both nationally and internationally since 1963. Among Bellany's numerous awards are the Burston Award at the Royal College of Art (1965), John Moores Prize Winner (1980), Major Arts Council Award (1981), Athena International Art Award ((joint first-prize winner, 1985) and the Royal Academy's Wollaston Award (1987). In 1992 he received a British Council visit to Central Europe and in 1993 he won the Korn/Ferry Picture of the Year Award at the Royal Academy. His commissions include murals for Chesser House, Edinburgh (commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1965) and the portraits of Lord Renfrew and Sir Roy Caine (commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London). Bellany was elected Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1988 and in 1994 was awarded the CBE. He went on to be given an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and an Honorary D Lit by Heriot Watt, University of Edinburgh in 1998. He was elected RA in 1991 (ARA 1986), Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1986, and in 1998 was made a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. John Bellany lives and works in Cambridge, Edinburgh and Barga, Italy. Recent Feature in RA Magazine: Sarah Greenberg shares dim sum with John Bellany RA and talks to the prolific painter about life, death and the incredible impact of China on his art. Click here to visit and read more. Recent Solo Exhibitions: 2000 Beaux Arts, London Solomon Gallery, Dublin 1998-99 Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida 1998 Beaux Arts, London 1997 Beaux Arts, London 1996 Peacock Gallery, Aberdeen MacGeary Gallery, Brussels Galeria Kin, Mexico 1995 Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York Edinburgh Festival Exhibition Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh Strathclyde University Gallery, Glasgow 1994 Beaux Arts, Bath 1993 Flowers East Gallery, London Berkeley Square Gallery, London 1992 Flowers East Gallery, London Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow 1991 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Fischer Fine Art, London 1990 Raab Gallery, Berlin Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York Compass Gallery, Glasgow 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 J F Kennedy Library, Boston Kassa Kasser Museum, New York Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery Leeds City Art Gallery Leicester Museum and Art Gallery Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Middlesborough 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 National Portrait Gallery, Scotland New York Public Library Perth Museum and Art Gallery Royal College of Art, 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 University of Western Australia, Perth Victoria and Albert Museum, London Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Wolverhampton Municipal Art Gallery and Museum Zuider Zee Museum, Holland For further information please contact: From Here to There: the Odyssey of John Bellany