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Trevor Bell (1930-2017)


Folded painting
(Oil on canvas, 1970)

Born in Leeds in 1930, Trevor Bell studied art at his local college and went on to make a name for himself as one of the younger generation of the St Ives painters in Cornwall. After a touring retrospective exhibition in 1970, which visited Scotland, he accepted a position to teach at the Florida State University where he then established a studio. He also lived and worked in France, Italy and Canada. He returned to the UK in 1996 with his home and studio located near Penzance, Cornwall. Trevor Bell began to experiment with shaped canvases in the 1960s. Of working in this way the artist said 'I wanted the paintings to become affirmative themselves, I didn’t want them to be an illusion of something, I wanted them to be the something'.

This work, one of the earliest purchased by the University Art Collection, can currently be seen in Pathfoot Gallery 1, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebratory exhibition.

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