Approved: 16.08.2006

Mike Bell

Artist, Teacher

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Inspired by 30 years living and working on the Northumberland coast and now in the wilds of Redesdale, near Scottish Borders. Fascinated by patterns of sand on beach, piles of seaweed/driftwood order and chaos together. Images I create use a wide range of materials, sand, soil coal dust, driftwood are often embedded in paint surface[Antonio Tapies been Favourite for long time] I want paintings to

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  • Location: West Woodburn, North East
  • Activities: Secondary education, Further education, Lecturing, Workshops
  • Categories: Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: Artist , mixed media, workshops
 

Biography

Inspired by 30 years living and working on the Northumberland coast and now in the wilds of Redesdale, near Scottish Borders. Fascinated by patterns of sand on beach, piles of seaweed/driftwood order and chaos together. Images I create use a wide range of materials, sand, soil coal dust, driftwood are often embedded in paint surface[Antonio Tapies been Favourite for long time] I want paintings to be as natural as possible. Rarely use brush but finger, knife, trowel, sand, spray paints plus lots of builders materials to create impasto surfaces. Experimenting with Holographic foils in paint to simulate wonderful light in Northumberland. Moving to Redesdale I have been inspired and become aware of the interaction of man and nature, in the Otterburn Ranges military roads, bunkers and old tanks contrast with crags, quarries, moorland and forest to create a wonderful tapestry at different times of year. Rock strata, strange cloud formations, moody sunsets, reflections in rivers and Lakes have me rushing for sketch book or camera. "The Land of Far Horizons" Northumberland has light which enhances the tactile quality of the landscape no matter what the season. I hope my work stimulates a wide range of perceptions and feelings for this "Land of Far Horizons" Other influences/artists I admire include Turner, John Blockley, Andy Goldsworthy, Cezanne, Tapies and many more.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1966 - Sunderland College Art / Design (now Univ), Sunderland 1966 - Dip.AD Hons Art & Design, Sunderland College of Art & Design, Sunderland Solo exhibitions 2010 - Summer Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2009 - Mixed media Landscape paintings, The Gallery Upstairs, ,Melmerby Cumbria 2008 - Landscape Rhythms & textures, Michael Josephs Artists Haven gallery, Ft Lauderdale, Florida 2008 - Mixed media Landscapes, Chancery Gallery, Ontario,Canada 2006 - April Mixed Media Landscapes, Gossipgate gallery, Alston, Cumbria 2006 - Seascapes/Landscapes of Northumberland Mike Bell & Mick Oxley, Calder Gallery, Hebdon Bridge, Yorkshire 2005 - Mixed Media Paintings, Calder Gallery, Hebdon Bridge Yorkshire 2005 - Mixed Media Paintings, Theatre Gallery, Ouees Hall Arts Centre, Hexham Northumberland 2005 - Rhythms & Textures of Northumberland, Coningsby Gallery, London 2005 - Rhythms & Textures of Northumberland, Gossipgate Gallery, Alston, Cumbria 2004 - Mixed Media Paintings & Prints, The Gallery, Village Bakery Melmerby Cumbria 2004 & 2005 2004 - Rhythms & Textures of Northumberland, Bondgate Gallery, Alnwick 2004 - Rhythms & Textures of Northumberland, Duchess Gallery, Kielder Castle Northumberland Group exhibitions 2013 - Group Show, NEAC Gallery, Eldon Gardens mall ,Newcastle 2013 - Seascapes, Alpha Art, Edinburgh 2013 - Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - 2011 FAPC, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft Lauderdale,Florida 2011 - Christmas Exhibition, The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth 2011 - I do Like To be Beside The Seaside, Margate Gallery, Margate 2011 - Spring Exhibition, The Art gallery, Tetbury 2011 - Summer Abstracts, Frameworks Gallery, Cottenham 2011 - The Sea, Coldstream Gallery, Coldstream 2011 - World Fine Art Group at Caelum Gallery, Caelum Gallery, New York 2010 - A Wold of Artists, Artists Haven gallery, Ft lauderdale 2010 - Dover Art prize Biennial Art Competition 2010, Darlington Arts Cetre, Darlington 2010 - Opening exhibition, The Art Gallery, Tetbury 2010 - Scapes, Balman gallery, Corbridge 2010 - UK-Japan ADF Award2010, ROA Gallery,Royal Opera parade ,Pall mall, London 2009 - Artists Universal Spring Exhibition, Hopeinen Sivellin Galleria, Helsinki 2009 - Autumn Exhibition, The Stark Gallery, Canterbury,Kent UK 2009 - Celebrating 100 Artists, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft lauderdale ,Florida USA 2009 - Celebrating 100 Artists, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, USA 2009 - Gallery Exhibition, Stark Gallery, Canterbury 2009 - Lazy Cottager. annual post-season retrospective, Chancery Art gallery, Bracebridge,Ontario 2009 - Mixed Exhibition, Alpha Art, Edinburgh 2009 - Spring Exhibition, Hadfield fine Art The Pool House, Sevenhampton, nr Cheltenham 2009 - Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2009 - Summer/Fall Show, Online Annual Summer Exhibition, onlineonly 2009 - Winter Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2009 - World of The Imagination volII, APW Gallery, New York 2008 - 2008 Art/Inter/National, Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburg USA 2008 - 2008 Fall/Winter Show, American Art Jury Salon, online 2008 - 2-3-d=11, Energy Gallery, Toronto 2008 - A Painter.Mixed media & a Phographer, Michael joseph Gallery , Ft Lauderdale Florida USA 2008 - Art Inter/National 2008, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburg USA 2008 - Autumn Show 2008, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2008 - Bridging-Australia, The Lorraine Room, Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkharle 2008 - Cork St Annual Open Exhibition for Charity, The Gallery in Cork Street, London 2008 - Intimate Landscape, Gossipgate Gallery, Alston 2008 - 'Land', Saint Dogmaels gallery, Saint Dogmaels, Cardigan 2008 - Lazy Cottager, Chancery Art gallery, Bracebridge, Ontario,Canada 2008 - Network 'Bridging' Australia Exhibition, The Project Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 2008 - Spring Exhibtion, Sheridan Russell gallery, London 2008 - Spring Exhibtion, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2008 - Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2008 - Spring Show 2008, Sheridan Russell Gallery, London 2008 - Spring/Summer Show, American Juried Art Salon, Online only 2008 - Winter Wonders, Obsidian Art, Stoke mandeville 2007 - "A Summer Flaunt", Numasters.com & the Art Movement, 29 Palace St London sw1 2007 - 5th International Show, Museum of The Americas, Doral ,Florida USA 2007 - A Borders Eye, The Smokehouse Gallery, Eyemouth 2007 - A Great Awakening, Rhonda Schaller Studio & gallery, New York USA 2007 - A Great Awakening, Rhonda Schaller Studio & Gallery, New York. USA 2007 - Affordable Art Fair, The Old Passenger Shed, Bristol 2007 - Autumn Exhibtion, Ed Chasen Fine Art, Washington DC 2007 - Autumn Exhibtion, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville 2007 - Autumn Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2007 - First Anniversary Exhibtion, The Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2007 - Gallery Artists Exhibtion, Troubadour Gallery, Manchester 2007 - Gallery Artists Feb exhibtion, scotlandart.com, St Stepnen Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh 2007 - Rays of hope & fragments of a Larger Idea, The Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York.USA 2007 - Spring Collection, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2007 - Summer Exhibition of International Artists, Museum of the Americas, Doral ,Florida USA 2007 - Summer show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2007 - The Altered Image, BlackFriars Art centre, Boston 2007 - Untitled at Adam St, Adam St Club, London, London 2007 - Untitled Gallery @ the Adam st Club, Adam St Club, London 2006 - "Just Paint" Prizewinners Exhibiton on-line, Artrom Gallery, Rome Italy 2006 - Abstraction 2006 Finalists Exhibition, Artrom Gallery Rome Italy, Rome 2006 - American Juried Art Salon Exhibition Winter/Fall 2006, Online website 2006 - April "Opening Exhibition", Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon 2006 - Feb 2006 Palm Art Award International Exhibition, Art-Domain Gallery, Liepzig Germany 2006 - Feb New Opening Invited Artists, The Picture House Gallery, Harrogate Yorkshire UK 2006 - Invited Artists, Artco, Leeds Yorkshire 2006 - Invited International Artists, Marziart Gallerie Internationale, Hamburg 2006 - Land & Seascapes of Northumberland, Calder Gallery, Hebdon Bridge 2006 - Mixed Winter Exhibtion, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2006 - The Great Art Christmas Fair, Alexandra Palace, London 2006 - The Great Christmas Art Fair Nov/Dec, Alexandra Palace, London 2005 - "The Four Elements" 5 Artists Festival Exhibition, St Leonards Gallery, Edinburgh 2005 - Blues on The Moors, Grosmont Gallery, Whitby, N Yorkshire 2005 - Coastal Views Invited Artists, Minster Fine Art Gallery, York, N Yorkshire 2005 - Glasgow Art Fair 10th Year (Rep .by John Green Fine Art), George Square, Glasgow 2005 - Invited Artists, Art Cafe Gallery, Corbridge 2005 - Invited Artists, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2005 - Invited Artists, John Green Fine Art, Glasgow 2005 - Invited Artists, Karen Taylor Fine Art Gallery, Twickenham, London 2005 - Invited Artists, Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2005 - Invited Artists, Walker Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Harrogate 2005 - Invited Artists June/July 2005, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2005 - Invited Artists Of Northumberland, Pinfold Gallery, Bowness on Windemere 2005 - Summer Exhibition 2005, John Green Fine Art Gallery, Glasgow 2004 - Beyond Words (Juried Exhibition), Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle 2004 - Invited Artists, Fifiefofum Gallery & Art Centre, Newton Northumberland 2004 - Summer Exhibition, Pinfold Gallery, Bowness on Windemere 2003 - Art into Art (Juried Exhibition), Hatton Gallery, Univ of Newcastle upon Tyne 2003 - Invited Artists 2003 /04 /05, Art Cafe Gallery, Corbridge, Northumberland 2003 - Invited Artists 2003/04/05/06/07, Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2003 - RSPC Charity Exhibition, The Baltic, Gateshead 2001 - Invited Artista, Dial Gallery, Warkworth Norhumberland 2001 - Small Works, University of Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 1999 - Mixed Media Artists, Globe Gallery, North Shields 1998 - Summer Invited Artists, Bondgate Gallery, Alnwick Northumberland 1970 - Pernod Open Exhibition (Juried), Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1965 - Northern Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester Workshops 2001 - Mixed Media / Watercolour Workshops (from 2001-ongoing), Art Centres / Art Clubs North East Area, including Northumberland, East Lothian, Washington, Durham Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - ist & 2nd prize American Art Awards, www.americanartawards, online 2007 - Ist Prize in mixed media Avisen-avks's International Art Contest, Avisen-avk Gallery, Online 2007 - Palm Art Award 2006, ArtDomain Gallery, Leipzig Germany 2006 - "Just Paint "International on-line painting competition, Artrom Gallery, Rome Italy 2006 - Abstraction 2006, Artrom Gallery, Rome Italy 1965 - Queens Award Travelling Scholarship To Italy, Sunderland Colege Art / Design, Sunderland Educational experience - secondary 1970 - Area Moderator / Examiner - Cse/Gcse Art / Design , NEA Exam Board, Newcastle and Manchester 1970 - Head of Art/Design Department (1970-88), Hylton Redhose Comp. School, Sunderland Educational experience - tertiary 1988 - Lecturer in Charge Art / Design (Creative Arts Department), Wearside College of FE (1988-96), Sunderland Other 2011 - The Art Tour 2011, The Brandy Bank [Venue 18 ], West Woodburn 2010 - Art Slant limited edtions collection 2010, Art Slant 2010 - Surfaces, online gallery, Jupiter 2009 - Newcastle / Gateshead Art Fair, The Sage, Gateshead 2008 - AAF , Battersea, London 2008 - Affordable Art Fair, AAF, Battersea, London 2008 - Newcastle/Gateshead Art fair, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead 2008 - The Art Tour 2008, various venues see brochure for details, Northumberland 2008 - The Northern Art Fair, Northern Art show, Harrogate 2007 - American Juried Art Salon Online Spring/Summer Show, AJAS, online 2007 - ARTEXPO Las Vegas, Manderlay Centre Las Vegas, Las Vegas 2007 - Dubai Index Exhibition, Dubai International Convention & Exhibtion Center, Dubai, UAE 2007 - Newcastle/Gateshead Art fair, Gateshead Quayside, Gateshead 2006 - Ickenox Contemporary Art Fair, Studio 95, The old Truman Brewery 95 Brick Lane, London 2006 - Palm Art Award 2006, Art Domain gallery, Leipzig, Leipzig