My images have dealt with representing something of the various places I have lived in, through depicting well known cultural references, usually through the figure or landscape and then moving on to superimposing the landscape into the figure. The superimposing being suggestive of embodied experience and then of an embodiment of paradox experience. Ultimately, through the images I have engaged with the theme of cultural identity and embodiment.
I am interested in the challenges of embodying more than one culture, especially that of the less prominent or lost culture. In the process visual imagery usually comes to mind as a ‘fait accompli’, be it as a film, sculptural piece, book or print. I then work backwards to construct and manifest as close an image as that which appeared in mind.
2015 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Master of Fine Art in Art, Society & Publics.
1981 Winchester School of Art, Bachelors of Fine Art Honours.
1979 Maidstone College of Art, Foundation.
Selected Solo Exhibition
2011 ‘Body of Work’ Amber Arts. Edinburgh
1997 Passage Mostingshus, Copenhagen, Denmark
1990 Studio 1-2. Herning, Denmark
1990 Skovehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
1988 Gallery Gari, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Sameness and Disturbance, Taigh Chearshabgh, Outer Hebrides
2021 Open Studio WASPS, Edinburgh
2021 Solace Edinburgh Printmakers members Show
2021 30x30 SSA Edinburgh
2020 Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Show
2018 Deluge, Edinburgh Printmakers
2018 Limited Edition, Edinburgh Printmakers Members Exhibition
2015 Hearts and Minds, Invited Artist, Curated by Dr Sarah Cooke.LifeSpace, Dundee
2015 Visual Arts Exchange, Raliegh. North Carolina, USA
2015 Dundee Printmakers, Bremis Gallery, Dunfermline
2015 Society of Scottish Artists, RSA, Edinburgh
2014 Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Society of Arts, Edinburgh
2014 In a Jiffy, Meffan Gallery, Forfar
2013 Harvard University, Boston, Massachusets, USA
2013 Visual Arts Scotland, Gracefields Arts Centre, Dumfries
2012 Hidden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Print Workshop, Edinburgh
2009 Society of Scottish Artists, Vision Building, Dundee
2022 SeedSisters Aberglassney Carmarthen, Wales
2022 Seedsisters Kyoto,January,Japan
2022 Seedsisters, ‘Germinate’ Denver, April, Colorado, USA
2019 ‘Bastide’ two person show in Monflanquin,France
2014 20:20 Print Portfolio, Print Workshop, Dundee
2012 Bell/Murray, Cockenzie House, National Heritage Festival, East Lothian
2011 Bell/Murray, Cupar Arts Festival, Fife
2011 20:20 Print Portfolio, Print Workshop, Edinburgh
2010 Bell/Murray, Kale and the Looking Glass, Glasite Meeting House, Edinburgh
2009 Bell/Murray, Paper Works and so does Print, Patriot Hall, Edinburgh
Works held in private collections in Britain, Denmark and United States
Visual Art: Giles Sutherland Society of Scottish Artists, 117th Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, 5-20 December. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/visualarts/article4293914.ece
Artists Newsletter, Ingrid Bell, Japan April and May