Pat Bell



 Patterns of growth and energy, movement, sound and rhythm in Nature are the sources of my work; wanting to share the excitement of that with others, is my reason for making. 

My subjects often seem varied, but the inspiration is always the same. The subject suggests the materials, and I express that through videos, photography, digital design, painting, drawing or printmaking.

Working this way encourages new developments, often a little beyond my understanding. Taking gambles and leaving space for chance happenings, is essential to keep the life in my work. Generally I don't do preparatory drawings, unless, they are working drawings, for developing a subject (for example the Stones work).  I take copious photographs for reference. 



2016-17Illness curtailed work
2005Started painting full time.
2004University of Sunderland. M.A. in Illustration & Design
1996Worked in IT, teaching Photoshop and photo editing.
1994Undertook many courses in IT and administration.
1986Returned to North East.
1984Returned to London and resumed costume/props making
1980Worked for Denver Center Theater Company
1978Moved to Chicago. Worked at Powell's Bookstore. E57St
1975/77Post Graduate Theatre Design, Slade School of Fine Art
1974/5Props maker at Ray Scott Studios, London.
1973Worked for Birmingham Arts Lab Touring Theatre
1969Sunderland Art College, Pre Diploma, Fine Art, Sculpture
1961Grammar School education, County Durham
1950Born. Shotton Colliery, County Durham. Mining family. Well the men.


Art Education:

BA in Fine Art (sculpture) Sunderland University


MA Illustration & Design Sunderland University


The Slade School of Fine Art, London University

Theatre Design, Post Graduate Studies 





Exhibition History

2016Single works on show at the Biscuit Factory
2014-15The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, Fall Exhibition, Featured Artist.
2014Solo Exhibition Infinite Arts, Sunderland - Recent Work
2012The Cafe on the Green Durham City
2012Studio Q, Sunderland, joint exhibiton
2011Infinite Arts, Sunderland. Solo show
2010Edan Gallery, Seaham solo show
2009Queen's Campus, Stockton. part of joint show
2009Greenfields Centre, Aycliffe. part of joint show
2009Edan Gallery. part of joint show
2009Gerlingen, Germany. part of joint show
2009Edan Gallery Seaham part of joint show