Artist John Bell has been producing original paintings for over 50 years.
Originally preferring to paint in oil and later acrylic his landscapes were said to have a ‘chocolate box’ feel and quickly caught the attention of greetings cards and jigsaw puzzle manufacturers. There are currently over 300 of his paintings appearing on greetings cards worldwide.
In later years, influenced by the work of the 19th century Newlyn artist Walter Langley, John became intrigued in the challenge of painting in watercolour.
His paintings are currently watercolour based, enhanced through layers and then finished with variety of mixed medium to create the effects much favoured by current art-related product manufacturers. (Mediums used on each of his painting can include watercolour, acrylic, hard and soft pastel, gouache, ink, charcoal, and graphite pencil).
Now retired and no longer working through agents John still accepts the occasional commission that he produces with a ‘total satisfaction guarantee’. His portraits are particularly popular.
In more recent years the quality of his work has been given formal recognition with selection for major exhibitions with The New English Art Club, The Discerning Eye, and both the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London SW1.
His painting ‘Fruit Bowl on the Windowsill’ has been shortlist for The Viking Cruises British Art Prize 2021,
During each weekend in July 2021 those interested in John’s work will have the opportunity to visit his studio, picturesque garden and gallery to see a large selection of his art including many local originals scenes, framed and mounted prints, and greetings cards. See Cambridge Open Studios 2021 for more information.