Artist Statement MIKE BELL
His work is mainly mixed media ,using many materials to create a strong textured surface on the canvas. His inspirations mainly come from the wild Northumbrian coast in the UK where he lived for 25 years & now from the wild Countryside of Rededale in Northumberland & the Borders region of hills lakes dales & wild Moorland.
Mike says “The land of Far horizons” Northumberland has light which enhances the tactile quality of the landscape no matter what the Season.After teaching & Lecturing in Art & Design for 30 years Mike took early retirement 15 years ago to concentrate on his Painting. Since then he has exhibited in many Galleries including The Biscuit Factory, Laing, & Hatton Galleries in Newcastle and also at Artco Leeds. The Brownston Gallery Devon, John Green Glasgow Scotlandart.com Edinburgh & Glasgow galleries. Walker Gallery Harrogate, Untitled Gallery London, Artrom Gallery, Rome.
Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions MIKE BELL
Europe;- 2006/7, Artrom Gallery Rome,Italy, Marziart Gallery Hamburg & Artdomain Gallery Liepzig Germany
Solo shows include The Coningsby Gallery London, Calder Gallery Hebdon Bridge & Duchess Gallery, Kielder Castle.
Work was also shown at Art Basel Miami 2006 by the NYArts magazine & in the American Juried Art Salon Spring & winter 2006,07,& 08 Online Exhibitions becoming a Master Class Plus Artist member. www.artjury.com
In 2007 Representedat AAF Bristol, Newcastle Art Fair,The Brownston Gallery Devon.The Biscuit Factory Newcastle, Museum of the Americas , Florida USA, The Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, Ed Chasen Fine Art Washington DC& ArtExpo Las Vegas, Also selected by Agape Tile in North Carolina USAto show his portfolio on their stand at the prestigious Dubai Index Exhibition 2007, the largest Designer Show in the Middle East
USA/Canada ;- Michael Joseph Gallery ,Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Inter/Nat Exhibitionat BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburg. Ed Chasen Fine Art Washington DC. The Chancery Gallery ,Ontario
UK;- The Biscuit Factory Newcastle , Sheridan Russell Gallery London, St.Dogmaels Gallery Pembrokeshire, Bakehouse Gallery Alnwick,Schoolroom Gallery Alnmouth,Brownston Gallery Devon, Alpha Art Edinburgh. Obsidianart,Stoke Mandeville ,Bucks, Gossipgate Gallery Alston Cumbria
Include AAF London with Sheridan Russell Gallery, AAF Bristol & Birmingham with Brownston Gallery & Harrogate ,Edinburgh ,Newcastle & Cambridge Art fairs with The Seascape Gallery, Art Expo Montreal [by Chancery Art Gallery, Ontario ]2009 ;- Northern Art Show Harrogate Newcastle/Gateshead Art fair & Edinburgh Art fair [Alpha art ] 2009
UK;- Hadfield Fine Art, Cheltenham; Biscuit Factory, Newcastle; Bakery Gallery ,Cumbria; Stark Gallery,Canterbury; Brownston Gallery,Devon; Bakehouse Gallery Northumberlad ; Gossipgate Callery Cumbria ;Alpha Art ,Edinburgh; Ingoldsby Gallery Margate. Seascape Gallery,Godalming Surrey,Pinfold Gallery Cumbria 2010
Summer Solo Exhibition Biscuit Factory Newcastle, Alpha Art Edinburgh, Bakehouse Gallery, Alnwick, Brownston Gallery Devon, Balman Gallery Corbridge.
2010 USA/Canada ;- AJAS Winter online Exhibition, APW Gallery, New York, Artists Haven Gallery,Ft Lauderdale Florida [2009/2010]. Chancery Gallery Ontario Canada; ,Monsoon Gallery Bethlehem, Penn;.Lisa Tucci Contemporary Art, New York. Rhonda Schaller Studio New York. Xanadu Gallery,Scottsdale Arizona [studioonlineonlyGallerie801 HotSprings Arkansas
UK;-The Art Gallery Tetbury,..Alpha Art Edinburgh,Bakehouse Gallery Alnwick, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle The Balman Gallery Corbridge. The Coldstream Gallery, Coldstream,Scotland, The Margate Gallery, Margate
2011 USA/Canada;- 2011FAPC Artists Haven gallery Ft Lauderdale,Florida , Caelum Gallery ,New York, Chancery Gallery Ontario,Canada