Chris Friel, Photographer
"absolutely blown away by your recent work...regards
Ian Pearsall Artist
“The Wicker Man is an incredible drawing, visceral; sharp and pointed – really everything I would strive to achieve technically. I'm delighted and honoured.
Thank you Pat, your work is a thrill.”
Tom Reineri, re: Sheep
"Witness to a variety of demeanors: attentive, knowing, kindly, obdurate, independent, engaging, inquisitive, coaxing. Pat Bell presents us with more than contented sheep......
..A rare cultural treat finding a nearly forty-piece, multi-wall gallery exhibition assembled in one composite image. Acute observation from a naturalist's eyes. Direction and imagination from a prominent artist."
I graduated from a B.A. Fine Art degree, and worked with fringe theatre groups in the early 70s.
In 1975 I was a Post Grad student of Theatre Design at the Slade School of Fine Art, eventually working for theatres and studios in London.
Theatre design, dressmaking, costume props, costume making, model-making and costume jewellery work were my first work experiences.
6 years as an IT Support and graphics worker, before venturing to paint again.
Diploma in Art & Design, Fine Art, Sculpture
Sunderland School of Art & Design
2 Years Post Graduate Theatre Design,
Slade School of Fine Art
MA, Illustration & Design,
The object brings its own elemental history, and makes itself known.
I am open to changes during the processes of making. The result is often expressionistic and semi-abstract. Works are frequently based on patterns in nature.
A large number of works come from collecting stones from a nearby beach, 2014 onwards. They keep cropping up even now 2022, as unexpected inspiration, like glass splinters emerging years after an accident.
My creativity is a mix of listening, looking, and allowing to emerge (with of course - work!) I direct and am directed, and i'm happy that way. Accidents always welcome.