Fortnum’s X Frank

Fortnum’s X Frank

Events

18 September - 28 October

Fortnum & Mason is delighted to announce that, once again, we are 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 our 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.

John Bellany (1942 – 2013) was born into the small fishing community of Seton in Scotland, dominated by the sea and rigid Calvinist faith. The fishing and boat-building culture of Bellany’s father and grandfathers remained a recurrent source of inspiration for him, against which his exploration of human experience was projected. He studied painting at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Rejecting the fashion for abstract, American influenced painting in the 1960s, Bellany instead embraced a figurative approach which engaged with the grand themes of life and death, good and evil. He held various positions as Lecturer in Painting, including at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmith’s. In 1986 he became the first living artist to ever have a solo show at the National Portrait Gallery. Bellany was elected RA in 1991 and was awarded a CBE in 1994.

Fortnum's X Frank

Download the Brochure

Featuring contributions from our CEO Ewan Venters, curator Robert Upstone and acclaimed broadcaster Joan Bakewell, plus a complete map of this year's exhibition.

More Events & Workshops

Piccadilly and beyond

More Events & Workshops

Join Fortnum’s in Piccadilly throughout September & October, for a whole host of autumn-themed events.

John Bellany Screening | 'Fire In The Blood' documentary

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John Bellany Screening | 'Fire In The Blood' documentary

5 October

As part of our Fortnum's X Frank exhibition, Fortnum's is hosting an exclusive screening of the definitive documentary on John Bellany.

'In Conversation' with Dylan Jones + 'David Bowie: A Life' Book Signing

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'In Conversation' with Dylan Jones + 'David Bowie: A Life' Book Signing

9 October

Join GQ editor and Bowie devotee Dylan Jones for a unique evening of conversation and the chance to purchase a signed copy of his new book, 'David Bowie: A Life'.

Fortnum's Artistic History Tour

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Fortnum's Artistic History Tour

6 & 17 October

Join Fortnum's wonderful in-house historian and archivist, Dr. Andrea Tanner, for a tour of the Fortnum's X Frank exhibition and our Piccadilly home.