John Bellany: Barga paintings could fetch £15,000 at auction


A COLLECTION of paintings of one of Italy’s twin towns in East Lothian by world renowned county artist the late John Bellany could fetch up to £15,000 when it goes under the hammer at a sale at art auction on Sunday.

Mr Bellany, from Port Seton, painted four works of art depicting different street scenes from Barga – the twin town of Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, and Longniddry, a link established in 2006 following a mutual interest for the work of the artist.

Mr Bellany, who was 71 when he died in 2013, painted the artwork after buying a house in the medieval Tuscan town with his wife Helen in 2000.

The former student of Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London gifted the paintings to the family of his interpreter and close friend Georgio Marchetti.

Experts have estimated the collection of works could fetch £15,000 when bidders raise their paddles at the Scottish Contemporary Art auction at McTear’s in Glasgow on Sunday.

Mr Bellany is said to have been a huge Barga fan and his close relationship also resulted in the opening of a permanent gallery of his work there in 2019.

Magda Ketterer, Director of McTear, said: “John Bellany is a giant of Scottish contemporary art, with his work admired and sought after by high profile collectors around the world.

“The time spent in Barga was one of the happiest of the artist’s long career and this is reflected in the four works in the sale, which have an unmistakably Bellany dynamism and style.

“We are already seeing significant interest in the paintings and expect this to increase as the auction approaches.”

The Barga collection will be joined by six other works by Bellany in McTear’s auction, including the large oil on canvas Woman of the North Sea, which reflects the artist’s lifelong association with the sea and the sea. peach.

Other paintings include the dark and powerful oil The Burden, which has an estimate of £4,000-6,000, and the watercolor Tam O’Shanter, which could fetch £5,000.


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