Project Description

Angela Bell

Category: Artist

About Angela Bell

I am an Irish artist, currently living and working in Worthing. Having achieved a Masters in Fine Art at the Norwich School of Art and Design I has been working primarily in oil paint.

My current body of work consists of small scale oils, exploring the themes of origins and belonging. The work is developed from the source material of found photographs. The selection process, when choosing images to use as a starting point, is based on composition, character and nostalgic recognition. In my work I look not to dictate a specific meaning but rather to prompt either some form of recognition or inspire curiosity, and for the viewer to determine their individual narrative.

When painting I create a detailed study in oil, then through a process of working back into the surface and exploring mark making techniques, I distort, eliminate and manipulate the image to create a visual balance. These personal depictions of people’s lives have been retrieved and revived in the form of intimate oils.

My work has been selected for numerous exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Ulster Academy, and I was short listed for the Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. I have been awarded the Dry Red Press Award, LARA Portrait Award and Third Prize at the Jacksons Open Art Prize.

www.angebellart.com

Portraits for NHS Heroes

Subject: Mark

Original Artwork: 5×7”, oil on panel

Artist Statement:

“The professionalism, compassion and devotion that NHS staff demonstrate on a ‘normal’ working day is exemplary but during the pandemic they have raised the bar even further still. I feel honoured to be involved with this project and to have the opportunity to give thanks.” Angela Bell



Education:

1999 Masters (Fine Art) Norwich School of Art & Design
1997 BA Hons Fine Art (2.1) University of Ulster
1994 Foundation Studies in Art University of Ulster

2017 Royal Academy London
Summer Exhibition

2017 Mall Galleries London
Society of Women Artists

2017 Jacksons Art Supplies
Jacksons Open Art Prize (Prize winner)

2017 Super Natural
Aureus Contemporary New York

2017 APT Gallery
Creekside Open selected by Jordan Baseman

2017 Mall Galleries London
Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year 2016 (Prize winner)

2016 Mercers Hall
National Open Art Competition

2016 Royal Ulster Academy
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

2016 Mall Galleries London
Artists and Illustrators Artists of the Year 2015

2016 Mall Galleries London
Royal Society of British Artists

2016 Mall Galleries
Royal Society of Portrait Painters

2016 Mall Galleries
Society of Women Artists

2016 Jackson Art Supplies
Open 2016 (longlisted)

2016 iO Gallery Brighton
Group Exhibition

2015 Royal Ulster Academy
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

2015 National Open Art Competition
Royal College of Art London

2015 West Sussex Art Society
Arundel Museum (Highly Commended)

2015 Mall Galleries London
Society of Women Artists

2015 Mall Galleries London
New English Arts Club

2014 Somerset House London
Chichester National Open Art Competition

2014 Royal Ulster Academy
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

2014 Mall Galleries London
New English Arts Club (Prize Winner)

2014 Mall Galleries London
Threadneedle Prize

2013 Royal Ulster Academy
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition

2013 Mall Galleries London
Threadneedle Prize

Artworks