John Joseph Bellman (b. 1949)
John Joseph Bellman is a pseudonym for the Irish artist Ken Moroney. He was born on the 14th February 1949 in South London. Of Anglo Irish parentage, his father was typical of his generation and worried about Ken’s artistic temperament which he viewed as effeminate. As a result Ken took up boxing and won a gold medal for South London in his teens. His art continued to flourish with his trademark striking use of colour. His main medium is oils and he favours romantic subjects of Edwardian times.
Ken has travelled extensively and spent two years working for major galleries in New York. The Royal Academy nominated him in 1976 as being one of the few promising young artists to emerge this century: “John Joseph Bellman has considerable talent, any painting purchased now can only be seen as a sound long term investment."
His work now hangs in many important collections and has had paintings exhibited at The Royal Academy (London), The Beau (Paris) and the Kline Galleries (Canada). His work has also been exhibited in Frost and Read, Bourne Gallery, Hollywood Road Gallery, Thompson's Gallery, Gallery Kaleidoscope, David Messum's Gallery, John Davies in Stowe-on-the-Would, Duncan Miller London and American Connection. More recently exhibited at the Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London.
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