Fortnum & Mason is, once again, collaborating with art collector Frank Cohen – this year, to present an exhibition of work by Scottish artist John Bellany, in partnership with The Bellany Estate.
Fortnum’s X Frank will see 50 works by Bellany take up temporary residence in the iconic London store – from the award-winning windows on Piccadilly facing the Royal Academy to our shop floor and new 3 and 6 Bar.
Taking a different approach this year, Fortnum’s X Frank presents a timely reassessment of the work of Bellany and the unique contribution he made to contemporary British painting across five decades. Curated by Robert Upstone, former Director of The Fine Art Society and Head of Modern British Art at Tate, the exhibition will feature paintings from all periods of Bellany’s career, and will be the largest exhibition of the artist’s work since his death in 2013.
David Bowie was an admirer, friend and major collector of John Bellany’s work, as highlighted in the recent Sotheby’s sale of Bowie’s collection. Bellany’s portrait of himself and Bowie, painted in 1988, is one of the highlights of the exhibition.