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30 Apr 2014 - 18 May 2014

John Bellany CBE RA (1942 -2013) Gallery North, in collaboration with Edinburgh Printmakers, celebrates the life and work of Scottish artist John Bellany. The exhibition will focus on his work as a printmaker and on the etchings he made throughout his career.

Public Preview and Gallery Talk Tuesday 29 April 2014
Gallery Talk with Sandy Moffat OBE RSA: 4 - 6pm
Preview: 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: 30 April - 18 May 2014, weekdays 10am - 4pm

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN AS PART OF THE LATE SHOWS
Gallery North will be open 7pm - 11pm on Saturday 17th May 2014 during The Late Shows

Additional Event: Wednesday 14 May 10.30-12.30pm
Alfons Bytautus, Printmaker and Principle Technician in the Department of Arts will deliver a presentation and gallery talk on the works of John Bellany.

As Bellany was primarily a painter, he generally made prints in sporadic and inspired bursts during his career, in collaboration with many different skilled printers and in print workshops throughout the UK.

Bellany, a descendant of generations of fishing folk, based much of his emotionally charged work on the experience of growing up in the harbour town of Port Seton, outside Edinburgh. He fashioned a highly personal mythology, a blend of fact and fiction, tenanted with fisher-folk, animals (both real and imaginary) and thinly disguised self-portraits. The work is richly allegorical and yet he convinces us to accept his dream-like world as real, so that we can enter into the extraordinary world he created.

Bellany's success as a printmaker can be attributed to the visionary quality of the work coupled with his remarkable skills as a draughtsman. Never a follower of fashion, he placed himself squarely in the tradition of great painter-printmakers such as Durer, Rembrandt and Goya. Though he personally venerated Picasso, Bellany's work has much more in common with Northern European artist printmakers, such as Dix and Beckmann - all sharing a similar fascination with depicting for us both the joys and horrors of human existence.

Prints for Sale
Prints of the works on display at Gallery North are on sale and can be bought online via Edinburgh Printmakers
For a list of works in the exhibition available for sale, including prices please click here

Gallery North 'Making It' Workshop - POSTPONED
THE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Alfons Bytautas, Printmaker and Principle Technician in the Department of Arts, will host a Collaborative Masterclass, Printmaking Talk and Demonstration

Gallery North
Squires Building
Sandyford Road
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

www.gn.northumbria.ac.uk