Trevor Bell (British, born 1930) Movements of Blue 115 x 88.5 cm. (45 1/4 x 34 3/4 in.)
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Trevor Bell (British, born 1930) Movements of Blue 115 x 88.5 cm. (45 1/4 x 34 3/4 in.)
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Trevor Bell (British, born 1930)
Movements of Blue
signed and dated 'Bell 57' (lower right), further signed and inscribed 'MOVEMENTS OF BLUE/by/TREVOR BELL/8 PORTHMEOR STUDIOS. SAINT IVES. CORNWALL' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
115 x 88.5 cm. (45 1/4 x 34 3/4 in.)


    With The Waddington Galleries, London
    Private Collection, U.K.

    London, The Waddington Galleries, Trevor Bell, Paintings, 2 - 25 October 1958, no.9

    In 1955, on the advice of Terry Frost, Trevor Bell moved to Cornwall. Shortly afterwards he rented a studio with Brian Wall under the Seamen's Mission in St Ives. In Cornwall, Bell was immediately plunged into a vibrant post-war art scene, and a concoction of influences. His work developed quickly and in a new direction. Having worked in a social realist vein prior to his move, Cornwall opened up his mind to the possibilities of an abstraction based on the inspiring landscape in his new environment. Contemporaneous movements in art in the United States were also clearly of interest to Bell, In 1956 the Tate had exhibited works by artists such as Pollock, De Kooning, and Kline in their exhibition Modern Art in the United States.

    The contacts Bell made in Cornwall and the progress in his work led to his first one man exhibition in 1958 at Waddington Galleries, in which Movements of Blue was exhibited. The show was such a success that it had sold out by the opening night. Patrick Heron who wrote the catalogue introduction, wrote enthusiastically of Bell's work, describing him as 'the best non-figurative painter under thirty in Britain'.
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