John Bell

JOHN BELL was born in Ayr, in 1968, and was brought up in Fife. He painted from a young age but chose to pursue a career in Architecture, graduating from The Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 1993. He has worked as an architect since then but has continued to paint and exhibit work having undergone further study at Glasgow School of Art.John paints landscapes and seascapes around Scotland but mainly the coast of Fife and along the Ayrshire coast near his home in Troon. Whether he is painting a street or a harbour or an expansive shoreline, his carefully composed oil paintings are always atmospheric. He is interested in the light and colour of Scotland and his paintings capture the subtleties of the colour and the coolness of the northern light. He is interested in the influence of the constantly changing weather, which can transform the mood in a moment. The sky often dominates his paintings and he uses bold brushwork to capture the form and movement of the clouds. He is also interested in the effect of light on water and many of his paintings focus on reflections on water. 

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