John Bellany (1942-2013) was born in the fishing village of Port Sefton and attended Edinburgh College of Art before studying at the Royal College of Art in London. He was awarded scholarships which took him to France, Holland and Belgium and lectured at a variety of colleges.
He went against the trends whilst at College and thought art should be about big subjects like life and death, good and evil. His art was informed by a calvinist worldview, the use of boats and dismembered fish intended to conjure images of death and survival.
During his career he received a plethora of awards including a CBE and will be remembered as the most acclaimed and inspirational Scottish artist of his generation.