The brand new gallery in Soho’s most fashionable store is the venue for Sextet and other terrors, an exhibition of paintings and prints by the late John Bellany. For many years of his roisterous life John Bellany was Scotland’s favourite painter – and he remains so. Centrepiece of our exhibition is an astonishing series of large format aquatint etchings titled Sextet, which display the bold primary colours and wild, unsettling imagery for which Bellany is best known. It also includes works by Bellany that have never been exhibited before. Renowned for his apparently insatiable appetite for alcohol, Bellany came close to death more than once. The liver transplant operation he underwent in 1988 provided the theme for another series of prints in our exhibition. Damien Hirst and David Bowie have been notable collectors of John Bellany’s work, which can also be seen in Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, MOMA, as well as collections in his native Scotland and worldwide.
The Private view is on Thursday December 1st, 6 – 8pm. Exhibition runs until December 9th at Alex Eagle Studio 6 Lexington Street, W1F 0LB