John Bellany funeral will be in Edinburgh

Artist John Bellany at his studio and home in Saffron Walden, Essex.   Picture: Robert Perry
Artist John Bellany at his studio and home in Saffron Walden, Essex. Picture: Robert Perry
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THE funeral of East Lothian artist John Bellany is likely to take place in Edinburgh the week after next.

Today his son Paul said the family had received messages from all over the world since the 71-year-old passed away on Wednesday at his Cambridgeshire studio.

Speaking on behalf of the family Paul said: “It was nice to see people like Alex Salmond paying tribute to him and the tribute from Ian Rankin, whom he was a big fan of and had been really chuffed to meet a few years ago.

“He had been in good spirits but his health really deteriorated over the last few weeks and he was bed-bound”

It’s been amazing. We’ve had message from all over the world within less that 24 hours of him passing away”.

Mr Bellany said his father had laughed and joked with family right up until the end and had passed away without any apparent pain.

Tributes were also paid to the artist by Creative Scotland and London’s Tate Gallery.

Professor Christopher Breward, principal of Edinburgh College of Art, where Bellany initially trained said : “ His legacy is a very powerful one. We are very proud of the years he spent as a student here and of his enduring contribution to painting”.