The Bellany Family

Set in his studio, Bellany presents himself as a hard-drinking man with his arm around his pregnant wife, Helen. Their son Jonathan sits in a model boat perhaps with a nod to his own childhood spent drawing in his father’s workshop while his father made model boats. Jonathan’s golliwog lays discarded as if it is something he has outgrown. Behind and to the right are paintings that Bellany has recently completed: part of a painting of windswept fisherman with a bible tossed in front of it on the floor – the fishing industry and religion, central themes throughout Bellany’s career and Buchenwald prisoners in their striped uniforms representing a darker period in the artist’s life after visiting the camp with his friends the poet, Alan Bold and artist, Alexander Moffat

  • Material/Medium: Oil on harboard
  • Date: 1968
  • Creator: John Bellany
  • Accession number: 1986.251
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a