Trevor Bell

Trevor Bell (British, b.1930) is an Abstract painter who earned his following as a member of the St. Ives group of artists in the early 1950s. Ben Nicholson (British, 1910–1962), one of the other artists in the group, became a friend and mentor for Bell, providing sound advice and encouragement. Bell eventually became a modern post-war artist whose work often challenges conventional ideas about painting. After graduating in 1952 from the College of Art in Leeds, Yorkshire, the artist moved to Cornwall, where he was inspired to turn his industrial landscape paintings into Abstract pictures.

A collection of Bell’s paintings were placed in an exhibit at the Tate Gallery, St. Ives, from 1995 to 1996, and he was involved in the John Moores Exhibition the same year. In 1958, his first one-man show was held at Waddington Galleries; this show was an immense success. A year later, Bell received the Italian Government Scholarship and the Paris Biennale International Painting Prize as a result of his popularity. Many successful shows followed for the artist in Ireland, England, and London, until 1973, at which time he became a graduate professor for painting at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. During this time, the artist created large, intense paintings that helped establish his reputation in the United States.

His work is seen extensively in public collections, including those at the Leeds City Museum in Yorkshire, the Getty Center for the History of Art in California, and the McMaster Museum of Art in Canada. Bell has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including Moving Right Along: Paintings from 1948 to the Present Day (2009) and The Florida Years (2004). Additional honours for the artist include the Florida Art Fellowship and being named an Honorary Fellow at University College Falmouth. Bell moved back to England in 1996, until his death in 2017.