Trevor Bell

Trevor Bell (1930-2017)

was a well-known Leeds born painter and teacher. He studied at Leeds College of Art 1947-52 and initially painted industrial landscapes. In 1955 he settled in St Ives in Cornwall following which his work gradually became more abstract. He exhibited with the Penwith Society from 1956 and his first solo show was held at the Waddington Galleries in London in 1958 and in the catalogue Patrick Heron described Bell as ‘the best non-figurative painter under thirty’. In 1959 Bell was awarded the Paris Biennale International Painting Prize and an Italian Government Scholarship. In 1960 he took up the Gregory Fellowship in Painting at the University of Leeds. A number of teaching posts followed in the UK and America and in 1976 he returned to Florida State University in Tallahassee. Bell exhibited widely in the USA, including at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and his work was also shown widely in Britain, including at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Bell had a major solo exhibition at the Tate Gallery, St Ives in 2004 and in 2011 fourteen works were acquired by the Tate Gallery for their permanent collection. Trevor Bell’s work is held in many public collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, British Museum, Getty Center for the History of Art, California, Leeds City Art Gallery, Tate Gallery, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 1996 he returned from Florida and settled in Penzance.

Current Works

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