Photo: Harry Bell in Gateshead, North East

Harry Bell


Concepts The majority of my work is derived from the urban environment. Initially, I was attracted to the play of light on buildings and made paintings based on strong abstract compositions. This interest continues, especially in my work produced as a result of travels abroad, where the light is stronger, the colours brighter. In addition, I am increasingly concerned with the role of figures in urban spaces, where the mood is often mysterious, or unsettling. Finally, the fabric of the city provides material concerned with the textural and compositional possibilities of brick, wood, pipework and rust. These three strands continue to run in parallel, occasionally feeding one another. Influences Urban landscape, architecture, light, colour, streets, crowds, realist, townscape, space, high viewpoint, rust, decay, Edward Hopper, figurative, loneliness, still life, mysterious, unsettling, textural, travel. Career path I began my career by painting in spare time from my Civil Service employment. With the Open College of the Arts as my mentor, I was able to progress sufficiently to win prizes and to be given a show in the University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Further encouraged by the Samling Foundation, I gained in confidence and eventually accepted early retirement from the Civil Service, to begin my BA Hons degree course at Newcastle University in 1997. In the same year I completed a major commission for the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, which continues to prove very popular with the public. I graduated in 2001. read full statement

Location Gateshead, North East
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting

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