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Harry Bell
Registered: 20/08/2010   Last Update: 26/06/2013
Harry Bell lives and paints in Gateshead and finds inspiration for most of his work in the urban environment. The play of light on buildings attracts him and he uses the effects of light and shadow to make paintings based on strong abstract compositions. Travels abroad, where the light is stronger, the colours brighter, have had a profound effect on his sense of colour and in recent years he has concentrated on developing that aspect of his work.


COMMISSIONS,
PRIZES and AWARDS

1994 Regional Prizewinner, John Laing Art Competition
1996 Second Prize, The Journal Art Competition, Newcastle upon Tyne
1997 First Prize, The Journal Art Competition, Newcastle upon Tyne
Commission: Two paintings (2 x 12 feet and 2 x 8 feet) for the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2004 The Rotsler Award, Loscon, Los Angeles
2005 Listed in "The Artists of Northumbria," ed. Marshall Hall.
2006 Commission: Painting “ 89 Cornwall Street” for Wenham Major Ltd.
2010 "Highly Commended", Fed. of Northern Art Societies Exhibition.


COLLECTIONS
John Laing (North East) plc.
Andersen Consulting.
Newcastle Chronicle & Journal Limited.
The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Fishermans Lodge, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Samling Foundation.
Seaham Hall Ltd.
The City of Komatsu, Japan.
Private collections in the UK, New Zealand and the USA.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1995 Harry Bell (Paintings) – University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1999 The Samling Foundation at Dovenest, Windermere.
2000 Aphrodite’s Island - Gallagher & Turner Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2005 Harry Bell @ The Creel – The Creel Inn, Catterline.

TWO PERSON SHOWS

2000 The Foundation Alumni Exhibition: Harry Bell and Julian Vilarrubi – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.

FOUR PERSON SHOWS

2004 Figure 8 – Long Gallery, University of Newcastle.
2005 Figure 8: Streetworks – Shire Pottery Gallery, Alnwick.
2006 Figure 8: Pictures Not Words – The Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley,
Figure 8 - Customs House, South Shields.
2007 Figure 8: Paintings – The Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2008 Figure 8: Seen in Colour – Central Library Gallery, Gateshead.
Figure 8: Colour Room – Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington.
Figure 8 Paintings – Corner Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle.
Colourworks – Tom McGuinness Gallery, Bishop Auckland.
2009 Figure 8: New Paintings - Preston Hall Museum, Stockton-on- Tees.
Figure8 New Paintings – Red Box Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1990 Britain's Painters - Westminster Galleries, London.
1993 John Laing Art Competition - Mall Galleries, London.
Open Door (20 Young British Painters) - London.
1994 John Laing Art Competition - Mall Galleries, London,
1995 John Laing Art Competition - Mall Galleries, London.
1996 The Journal Art Competition - Newcastle upon Tyne.
1997 The Journal Art Competition - Newcastle upon Tyne.
1998 Art from the North East - ING Barings, London.
2000 The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh..
2001 The People Show – University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Five Contemporaries - Shire Pottery Gallery & Studios, Alnwick.
Diverse Visions – Art House Gallery, Musselburgh.
Degree Show - Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle.
Our Town - Gallagher & Turner Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
2002 Eye Opener – 1st Durham Open Art Exhibition, Durham.
Art at the Biscuit Factory - Newcastle upon Tyne.
2003 The People Show – University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Summer Collection – Reubens Gallery, Leeds.
Peculier Vision – Mashamshire Arts Festival, Masham.
2004 Shire Pottery Gallery & Studios, Alnwick.
L S Lowry and Those He Inspired - Gallery 27, Cork St., London.
Summer Collection – Reubens Gallery, Leeds.
Autumn Show – The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Fi-Fie-Fo-Fum Gallery – Newton, Northumberland.
The Picture House – Harrogate.
2003 Fi-Fie-Fo-Fum Gallery – Newton, Northumberland.
The Picture House – Harrogate.
The Affordable Art Fair – Battersea Park, London
2004 Cravens Art Prize 2006 – University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Fresh - Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham
2007 Focus on the Figure – The Art Works, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 Heritage Buildings in Gateshead – Central Library Gallery, Gateshead. .
NewcastleGateshead Art Fair – The Sage, Gateshead.
2009 ‘Earth-Water-Concrete-Steel-Brick’ - The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston- Super-Mare.