Trevor Bell
Trevor Bell1930-2017
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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 postwar 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.


Over the course of the next thirty years Bell combined painting with teaching in various locations eventually moving to Florida State University, Florida, in 1976 to become the Professor for Master Painting. Here with the provision of a warehouse sized studio and time to really develop his painting he produced new and powerful work. He called them his "heatscapes", reflecting the influence of the sub-tropical climate and landscape on him and his work. He would spend the next 20 years in America before returning to west Cornwall, whose dramatic coastlines were an influence upon him, permanently.

In 1985 Bell was included in the London Tate Gallery's St Ives 1939-64 exhibition and in 1993 he was part of the inaugural show of the Tate St Ives, where he was again re-established as part of the St Ives artists. He moved back to Cornwall in 1996 and was invited by David Falconer, the former Director of Millennium (Now Anima-Mundi), to have a solo exhibition in St Ives, which has culminated in a long-term relationship with the gallery and its current Director Joseph Clarke.

Public Art

Shifting Light