Approved: 16.08.2006

Harry Bell

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

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

Read more ...

  • Location: Gateshead, North East
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting
 

Biography

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.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - HARRY BELL - Town and Country, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne 2005 - Harry Bell @ The Creel, The Creel Inn, Catterline 2000 - Aphrodite's Island, Gallagher and Turner Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 1999 - Harry Bell Paintings, the Samling Foundation, Dovenest, Windermere 1995 - Harry Bell (Paintings), University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne Group exhibitions 2012 - Figure8, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - Festival Show, The Di Rollo Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh 2011 - Prefabricated Dialogues, Newcastle Artists Society @ Citibase- 12 Mosley St., Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - XIV, Galleries Inc. UK, Central Square, Forth Street. Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PL. 2010 - Christmas Exhibition, University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2009 - Earth-Water-Concrete-Steel-Brick, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare 2009 - Figure 8: New Paintings, Preston Hall Museum, Stockton-on-Tees 2009 - Figure8 New Paintings, Red Box Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2008 - Colour Room, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington 2008 - Colourworks , McGuinness Gallery, Bishop Auckland 2008 - Figure8 Paintings, Corner Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2008 - Heritage Buildings in Gateshead, Central Library Gallery, Gateshead 2008 - NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead 2008 - Seen in Colour, The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead 2007 - Figure8: Paintings, The Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne 2007 - Focus on the Figure, The Art Works Galleries, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006 - Cravens Art Prize 2006 - 'The Human Zoo', University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006 - Figure 8: Pictures Not Words, Customs House, South Shileds 2006 - Fresh, Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham 2005 - Affordable Art Fair (Tallantyre Gallery), Battersea Park, London 2005 - Art Lovers, The Picture House, Harrogate 2005 - Streetworks, Shire Pottery Gallery & Studios, Alnwick, Northumberland 2005 - Winter Show, Fi-Fie-Fo-Fum, Newton, Northumberland 2004 - Figure 8, The Long Gallery, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne 2004 - First Open House, The Picture House, Harrogate 2004 - L S Lowry and Those He Inspired, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London 2004 - Summer Collection, Reubens Gallery, Leeds 2003 - Peculier Vision, Mashamshire Arts Festival, Masham 2003 - Summer Collection, Reubens Gallery, Leeds 2002 - Eye Opener - 1st, Durham Open Art Exhibition, Durham 2001 - Diverse Visions, Art House Gallery, Musselburgh 2001 - Five Contemporaries, Shire Pottery Gallery, Alnwick 2001 - Our Town, Gallagher and Turner Gallery, Newcastle 2000 - The Foundation Alumni Show, with Julian Vilarrubi, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 2000 - The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh 1998 - Art From the North East, ING Barings, London 1997 - The Journal Art Competition, University Gallery, Newcastle 1993 - Open Door (20 Young British Painters), High Holborn, London Public commissions 1997 - 1997 Two paintings (2 x 12 feet and 2 x 8 feet), Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne Corporate commissions 2006 - Painting of "89 Cornwall Street", Wenham Major Ltd, 89 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 3BY Competitions, prizes and awards 2004 - The Rotsler Award, Los Angeles Loscon 1997 - First Prize, The Journal Art Competition, Newcastle upon Tyne 1996 - Second Prize, The Journal Art Competition, Newcastle upon Tyne 1994 - Regional Prizewinner, John Laing Art Competition, Mall Galleries, London Other 2008 - NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead 2008 - Presentation of painting (Old Town Hall) to Mayor of Komatsu, Japan, by Gateshead MBC, Gateshead