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Richard Bell - New Paintings 2014-2016 (28 May – 25 June 2016)

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This is the first exhibition of paintings by Richard Bell to be seen for 8 years. His paintings were last shown at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the exhibition called ‘Constructed' 40 years of the UEA collection in 2008.

In 1986 he co-initiated the touring exhibitions called 'Colour Presentations' and subsequently ‘Complexions’ in 1989 shown in England and Holland. He has also been represented in various thematic and mixed exhibitions since the 1980s.

The period 1980–1990 was for the artist an intense period of developing a more ‘painterly’ approach to the complexity of formal colour relationships; language, interpretation and questions of indeterminacy / certainty.

Following a period of some 20 years when the artist worked full time within education public policy (his art practice restricted to a slow pace), he has now completed a new project of work. This exhibition further develops concerns for the interruption of colour-space through the process of revealing the performance of the painting as an event in time.

The artist’s work has been purchased for a number of collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, The Sainsbury Centre for the Arts (UEA), and Forum Konkret Kunst, Erfurt (Germany).

The exhibition consists of ten paintings (8 x oil on linen canvas and 2 x oil with wax on board, 2014–2016). Two earlier paintings are included to reference concerns of layering surface-colour. Preparation works and studies are also included.


2 part collage, oil on panel and canvas, 20cm x 40cm, 2016. Right, a detail.