Trevor Bell

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Trevor Bell was one of the most successful younger generation painters to arrive in St Ives in the 1950s, attracted by the presence of artists such as Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost. This volume focuses on Bell’s exploration of the internal and external dynamics of the canvas across his 50 year career.

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Trevor Bell was one of the most successful younger generation painters to arrive in St Ives in the 1950s, attracted by the presence of the ‘middle generation moderns’ such as Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and Terry Frost, as well as the rugged Cornish landscape and the sea. Nature is an important element in Bell’s work and like nature it is harmonious and full of balance. ‘We all have an inbuilt need for harmony and the structures that create harmony,’ Bell has said. ‘Basically art is an affirmation of life.’ In 1960 Bell hit upon his single most important innovation. In a radical rethinking of painterly practice he began to make works that were not confined by their frames but instead made the frame an intrinsic part of their design. These canvases, combining their dramatic shapes with special attention to line, colour and texture, are a unique aspect of Bell’s works and have sparked an ongoing investigation into the mechanisms of painting itself. Trevor Bell accompanies an important exhibition of Bell’s work at Tate St Ives in October 2004. Focusing on works from the 1960s and 1970s made in both the UK and America as well as new work commissioned by Tate St Ives, the book examines

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Paperback

Pages

48

Language

English

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759.2 (edition:22)

Readership

College – higher education / Code: F