Trevor Bell, 1930-2017

“I feel what we should get from art is a sense of wonder, of something beyond ourselves, that celebrates our ‘being’ here”. Trevor Bell.

“The vibrant abstract paintings and drawings of Trevor Bell, helped define the modern art of the community of St Ives”. Trevor Bell’s Obituary in the Guardian, 10 Nov 2017.

One of Britain’s best non-figurative painters, best known for his large-scale, intensely coloured paintings.

Bell’s work has been exhibited in public and private galleries around the world, including the Tate, and has been commissioned by nu-merous museums, along with public and private galleries.

Tevor Bell was born in Leeds in 1930. In his twenties he moved to West Cornwall and made his reputation as a leading member of the younger generation of St. Ives artists who established British art on the world stage.

Following his enormously successful first one-man exhibition, Trevor Bell was awarded the Paris Biennale International Painting Prize and an Italian Government Scholarship.He later became a Gregory Fellow in painting at Leeds University. Trevor was then invited to become Professor for Master (Graduate) Painting at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. There he developed the
large-scale, intensely coloured paintings for which he is best known.

He has been a regular exhibitor in public & private galleries around the world and has had works purchased and commissioned by numerous international museums, public and private collections. He was twice a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Council of Florida. He has lived and worked in England, France, Italy and Canada, returning to live in Cornwall in 1996. In 1998 he was honoured with an Emeritus Professorship by Florida State University.