John Bellany (1942 – 2013)
- 56 X 75.5 CM
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Whilst in his final year at University Charles Booth-Clibborn publishedThe Scottish Bestiaryunder his imprint The Paragon Press. Booth-Clibborn had invited the Orkney born writer George Mackay Brown to produce texts, in the form of poetry and prose, to accompany 20 prints by Scottish artists depicting 19 animals – real and mythological. John Bellany chose three poems and used them as a starting point for his prints. He drew directly onto the etching plates, having made preparatory drawings. Although Bellany selected Mackay Brown’s poem of the grouse as a starting point for one of his works, he elected to draw the capercaillie – a large relative of the grouse.
Contemporary Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern and The Paragon Press, 1995, texts by Jeremy Lewison, Duncan Macmillan and Patrick Elliott