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John Bellany CBE, RA

John Bellany, 1942-2013, was a Scottish painter. He studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he met other Scottish artists, including Alexander Moffat with whom he shared a lifelong friendship. After his studies, he obtained a travel scholarship and journeyed around Europe, taking inspiration from the art of the various countries he visited. On returning to the UK, he moved so as to attend the Royal College of Art in London.

His art was influenced by various life events: his separation from his first wife, the death of his second wife, a diagnosis of liver disease and subsequent liver transplant (after which he produced the well-known Addenbrooke's series).

Bellany's work is now included in the Tate Britain, as well as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum, both in New York.