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John Bellany, "The Obsession," 1966

Art John Bellany: A Passion for Life Scottish National Gallery, 17th November to 27th January 2013 He has made it then, after all. John Bellany, the forceful Scottish figurative painter, is 70 this year, and in his honour the Scottish National Gallery is mounting a full retrospective. But while resilience is woven into his work—those strong, scuffed colours, bold outlines and expressive faces—despair has often haunted him. Born in Port Seton, to a long-line of fishermen and ship-builders, steeped in Calvinism and…

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