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John Bellany, CBE, RA (born 18 June 1942) is a Scottish painter.
He was born in Port Seton. During the 1960s, he studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art in London.
In much of his work, he has drawn inspiration from the coastal communities from which he came. Many of Bellany's paintings contain the fishing community, either oil paintings of harbours, or portraits of the fishing community people. His health problems which led to a liver transplant have also inspired works.
A recent move to Barga, Tuscany, Italy has drastically changed his work which is now showing a huge optimism in the brighter colour range used.citation needed
His work is in some of the world's greatest collection including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum, New York and Tate Britain, London.