Janet Bell

Stockport College of higher education : HND Design – Multi media textiles – Distinction

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Artist Statement

I was born in the North of England where I grew up by the sea and in the country. I work as a full time artist from my studio in North Wales Being half Danish I spend a lot of time there, inspired by the flat landscapes, different light and the experience and observations of my immediate environment.

I trained in textiles, concentrating on layering fabrics and translating marks and textures through print and stitch to create interesting textile pieces. I explore this process also whilst painting. As I work the canvas, flat colours next to built up textures are overlaid by washes, marks and details. The details and marks in the paintings are those left by manmade alterations to the landscape or accidental marks on the earth’s surface – windows, doors, chimneys, telephone wires and pathways all get recorded over blocks and texture. I particularly like the winter months to paint, especially on overcast days as the colours and feature soften and become more muted, and I save the summertime for trips to the seaside.

My other style of work is a more commercial, interiors based range of circles paintings. The simplicity of the shapes, lines and colours can be soothing and calming to the eye but as they are inspired by music the brush strokes sometimes literally dance across the canvas in a very energetic way.

The combination of acrylic, oil, pencil and pastel create exciting works on canvas.


Galleries and Experience
Flowers contemporary gallery, London -permanent collection
Blue moon gallery, Tunbridge Wells – permanent collection
Vanilla, Brighton - permanent collection
Live easy, Shrewsbury - permanent collection
Comme ca art, Manchester group exhibition
Onset, Chester – current collection
The ark, Chester – summer 2003
Graham & Brown wallcoverings – commission for canvases, 2003/2004
Bar 207, Bramhall – solo exhibition, 2003
Affordable arts fair, Battersea, London – March, 2003
Affordable arts fair, Bristol – May, 2003
Wendy j Levy, Manchester – summer and Christmas shows – 2003
Firbob and Peacock, Knutsford – Spring 2003
B.A.G gallery, Brighton - Solo exhibition – 2002
Redeli café, Brighton – commission for series of paintings
Gallery 73, Brighton – group exhibition, 2002
Java bar, Manchester – solo exhibition, 2000
arc gallery/Store, Manchester – commission for window piece, 2000
Stockport College – part time lecturing 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
New Designers, Islington, London – selected to exhibit – runner up in Paperchase award - 1997


Janet Bell

Stockport College of higher education : HND Design – Multi media textiles – Distinction

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