Julian Bell - BA Painting & Contextual Studies Associate Lecturer

Julian Bell - For colours, for dreams, for shadows. Oil on canvas. 2003.
Julian Bell - For colours, for dreams, for shadows. Oil on canvas. 2003.
Julian Bell - For colours, for dreams, for shadows. Oil on canvas. 2003.

Julian Bell is an artist, poet and art historian whose work captures the essence of modern life; from pastoral street scenes and holiday landscapes, to images of contemporary domesticity and leisure.

Bell’s canvases display a broad range of techniques, palettes and compositional devices, reflecting his craftsmanship and deep engagement with art’s history. For colours, for dreams, for shadows presents a typical Saturday night scene at a pub, highlighting the range of influences in Bell’s paintings; from Brughel to Steen, and van Gogh to Cezanne.

Bell’s work is regularly exhibited in the UK and internationally, featuring at galleries such as New York’s Harvey Fine Art Projects and the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. His books include Bonnard, 500 Self-Portraits, Mirror of the World: A New History of Art and What is Painting? Representation and Modern Art.

Bell has also written articles for The Times, The Guardian, Modern Painters and the London Review of Books, his poetry has appeared in the London Quarterly, and he was also an associate editor for The Grove Dictionary of Art.

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