About

To see more of my work and keep up to date with my new pieces go to:- Instagram @angebellart / Facebook @angejbell

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.

Biography

1975 Born Belfast, Northern Ireland

Education

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

Exhibitions

2017 Royal Academy LondonSummer Exhibition
2017 Mall Galleries LondonSociety of Women Artists
2017 Jacksons Art SuppliesJacksons Open Art Prize (Prize winner)
2017 Super NaturalAureus Contemporary New York
2017 APT Gallery Creekside Open selected by Jordan Baseman
2017 Mall Galleries LondonArtists and Illustrators Artist of the Year 2016 (Prize winner)
2016 Mercers HallNational Open Art Competition
2016 Royal Ulster AcademyRoyal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition
2016 Mall Galleries LondonArtists and Illustrators Artists of the Year 2015
2016 Mall Galleries London Royal Society of British Artists
2016 Mall GalleriesRoyal Society of Portrait Painters
2016 Mall GalleriesSociety of Women Artists
2016 Jackson Art SuppliesOpen 2016 (longlisted)
2016 iO Gallery BrightonGroup Exhibition
2015 Royal Ulster AcademyRoyal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition
2015 National Open Art CompetitionRoyal College of Art London
2015 West Sussex Art SocietyArundel Museum (Highly Commended)
2015 Mall Galleries LondonSociety of Women Artists
2015 Mall Galleries LondonNew English Arts Club
2014 Somerset House London / ChichesterNational Open Art Competition
2014 Royal Ulster AcademyRoyal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition
2014 Mall Galleries LondonNew English Arts Club (Prize Winner)
2014 Mall Galleries LondonThreadneedle Prize
2013 Royal Ulster AcademyRoyal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition
2013 Mall Galleries LondonThreadneedle Prize
2009 Brighton Festival Artists Open House
2002 Brighton & Hove FestivalWestdean Library
2000 Member’s ShowCatalyst Arts
1999 MA Group Show – On HeatNorwich School of Art
1999 MA Final Show – StuffNorwich Gallery/School
1998 Materials and MessagesNorwich School of Art
1998 Brink Group ShowJohn Innes Centre, Norwich
1997 Open ExhibitionElmwood Gallery, Norwich
1997 Member’s ShowCatalyst Art, Belfast
1996 Member’s ShowCatalyst Arts, Belfast
1994 Open ExhibitionThreshold, Belfast
1994 - 2005 Site Specific WorkBelfast, Brighton

Projects

Various Private Commission work carried out over the past decade.
Triptych display 2017Arundel Museum
1999 Art Technician Kjetil BergeEAST International
1998 Art Technician Yinka ShonibareNorwich Gallery

Collections & Awards

Jacksons Open Art Prize 2017 Third Prize
Artists & Illustrators of the Year 2016 LARA Portrait Award
Artists and Illustrators Artists of the Year 2015 (Final Selection)
The Dry Red Press Award 2014
Private collection – Roger Ackling