I am a professional artist, creative practitioner and lecturer and have been teaching art for over thirty years in both secondary and further education. I was awarded a Distinction in my MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Dialogues at UWTSD, Swansea College of Art in 2016.
My work is concerned with concepts relating landscape to metaphysical thought about place and space. My practice is concerned with nature, liminality and the phenomenology of place. Primarily a painter I have explored new materials such as ice and glass.
My creative practice stems from a fascination for the vital connection between land and sea, sea and sky, nature and mythology, male and female. The coastal landscape is a place of memories and imagination. My paintings are not a direct representation but rather a feeling, an emotional encounter, an embodiment of my sense of place through a continual dialogue between real and imagined geographies, both physical and psychological. I am intrigued with what’s left behind, tracing, mapping absence through exploration of the liminal place between land, sea and sky- anomalies in the land and seascapes which harbour portals into other worlds – cracks, crevices, fissures, alignment of stones, sea caves, shorelines – thin places, but also through the sea, shipping lanes, lost ships, the movement of the sea on the land and humans on the sea.
I was invited to be part of The Welsh Contemporary Art Exhibition in Brecon in 2018 and won the Queens Street Gallery Open Exhibition in 2019 from which I had a solo show ‘The Listening Sea’ in February 2020
I have beenEvents Organiser and on the board of The Friends of The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery for the past 4 years in Swansea. and have been a Lead Creative Agent for The Arts Council of Wales from 2017 -19
I have had a number of group and solo exhibitions in Wales, Devon and London and have many works in private collections in the UK and Australia. I currently have a studio at Elysium Gallery Studios, Mansel Street, Swansea.
You can see or purchase my work held in stock at ‘Queen Street Gallery’ https://www.queenstreetgalleryneath.co.uk or online at ‘whitecourtart.com’ https://www.whitecourtart.com/kate-bell. To arrange a viewing of additional work contact me for a visit at Elysium Gallery Studios, Mansel Street, Swansea.
© Kate Bell and katebellart.com 2021