Gull [Larus Argentatus]

John Bellany (1942 - 2013)

Etching

1994

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  • About the artist
    John Bellany was born at Port Seton on the East Coast of Scotland into a family of fishermen. Images of fishermen, boats and the sea have continually figured in his work. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then the Royal College of Art from 1965–68. The symbolism in the monumental Max Beckmann painting The Departure (1932–33), exhibited at the Tate in 1965, was revelatory to Bellany. After visiting East Germany in 1967, his work became darker and more complex, with images of concentration camps symbolising humanity’s irredeemable fall from grace. After suffering periods of ill-health in the 1980s, he produced a series of life-affirming portraits which were exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 1989.
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    Places
    England, London
    Subjects
    seagull
    Materials & Techniques
    etching
  • Details
    Title
    Gull [Larus Argentatus]
    Date
    1994
    Medium
    Etching
    Dimensions
    height: 40.50 cm, width: 30.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Byam Shaw School of Art, June 1994
    Inscription
    below image: 9/80 / John Bellany
    GAC number
    16849