Location: United Kingdom
West Woodburn, Northumberland, UK
Short cv/Resume 2006-2013
After teaching & Lecturing in Art & Design for 30 years Mike took early retirement 19 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, Marziart Gallerie Hamburg & Art Domain Gallery Leipzig Germany
Awards include Artdomain Gallery Palm Art Award 2006 [ Leipzig] ; “Just Paint” 2nd prize 2008 Artrom Gallery Rome,;- 1st prize 2009 American Art Awards, ; 1st prize American juried Art Salon 2009 [ mixed media] ,& 1st prize International Competition [Mixed Media] Avisen-avk Gallery Denmark 2008., The Dover Art prize Darlington 2010 , 2nd & 3rd Prizes www.Lightspacetimegallery.com 2010, 1st & 2nd prizes American Art Awards 2010 www.americanartawards.com, Artslant Showcase winner 2010 www.artslant.com
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 Represented at 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 USA to 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 Exhibition at 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 ]
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
Summer Solo Exhibition Biscuit Factory Newcastle , Alpha Art Edinburgh, Bakehouse Gallery,Alnwick ,Brownston Gallery Devon, ,Balman Gallery Corbridge.
2011 confirmed ;-
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
Biscuit Factory newcastle
NEAC gallery newcastle
Art Gallery Tetbury
Alpha Art Edinburgh,Siott gallery at Cass business School London
ColdStream Gallery Scotland
Schoolroom gallery northumberland
2010-13 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 [studioonlineonly] Mako Huges Gallerie HotSprings Arkansas
Europe;- ; Artrom Gallery Rome,Italy & Marziart Gallery Hamburg,& Artdomain Gallery Liepzig Germany
Mike is a member of SAA, LAI , The Artrom Gallery Guild Of Artists & Designers in Rome . In the Corporate sector his work has been commissioned by Wetherspoons Hotel chain , selected by Indigo art for a large Hotel/Water park project in The Cotswolds & By Allen Lane Ltd for the Boardroom of their London Offices
Rep in Corporate sector by Art into Business , Advocate-Art, Elegant Clutter Ltd & by Agape Tile Ltd in North Carolina USA [Stone & Mosaic ]
Selections of Open Edition prints are published in Texas, USA by Coupralux, in the UK by Indigo ArtsLtd , Liverpool[see the Indigo Collection] & from his studio a small range of signed Ltd edition prints to order.
Further Prints may be orderd from www.fineartamerica.com
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 coastin UK where he lived for 25years & now from the wild 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.
Full cv/bio images on www.absolutearts.com/mikebell & www.mike--bell.artistwebsites.com
A Mixed media series from the wild Coast of northumberland
Incoming Storm tides bring drifts of coaldust onto the beach from the deep coal seams just of the northumberland Coast to mingle with the seaweed & driftwood creating strong textural rhythms & textures
Mixed media on canvas Series from the wild Coast of Northumberland on NE Coast of UK.
Strong textures & impasto paint in the foreground
40x40x4cms Mixed media on canvas
Series from the wild Coast Of Northumberland after storms .Washed up on the shore are coaldust nseaweed & driftwood making textural patterns in the sand
Strong impasto paint in the foreground surface
SEries from the wild Countryside of Northumberland
Pink heahers clothes the hills around the Studio in Autumn
Winter snows covering the valley near my studio
A splash of vivid Red as the wild poppies erupt in the valley in early Summer
Hills around the studio turn pink in early Autumn as the heather comes into bloom