After remaining in private ownership for some 55 years, one of the earliest and most significant paintings by internationally acclaimed artist the late John Bellany CBE is now on permanent public display at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Harbour Road, Irvine.
John Bellany’s partner and muse, Helen Bellany, calls the ‘The Boat Builders’, which is part of the Museum’s new national art collection, “one of the key works of his career” and a symbol of their life-long journey together.
Painted in 1962 and extending over 3 metres by 5 metres, the huge oil on board painting captures construction of a seine netter inscribed with the name ‘Good Hope’ and the words ‘BELLANY’ at the stern.
‘The Boat Builders’ by John Bellany is on display at the Scottish Maritime Museum until the end of March. It will then undergo conservation work before returning to permanent display.