John Bellany was one of the most influential Scottish painters since the war, re establishing a native figurative art at a time when abstraction and Modernism had taken centre ground.
Born in Port Seton in 1942 into a family of boat builders and fishermen he broke with tradition and followed his own artistic path which took him to Edinburgh College of Art and later to The Royal College of Art in London.
His art remained profoundly steeped in the complexities of the human condition and anchored in the poetry of the sea.
His own life voyage has proven to be a perilous as the sea voyages of his ancestors.
His painting are in the collections of major museums and art galleries throughout the world, including The National Galleries of Scotland, The Tate Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Metropolitan Museum, New York.