It gives me great pleasure to have hosted this latest exhibition by one of the most talented painters to come out of Scotland in recent years. Our association with John Bell dates back over 20 years during which time he has developed his unique contemporary take on the Scottish landscape, building a considerable following both at home and abroad.
The 2019 collection includes many outstanding examples of John’s work offering a depth of subjects which demonstrate his passion for the great variety of textures, colours and locations found within his homeland.
This catalogue illustrates a selection of highlights from the exhibition.
Born 1972 in Dundee, John lives in rural Perthshire and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (1989-93). His work is widely collected and he is regarded as one of Scotland’s most distinctive and collectable contemporary landscape painters.
His striking compositions demonstrate an extraordinary attention to detail and dramatic use of light and colour making his work instantly recognisable. Often drawn to remote and isolated Scottish locations, old stonework, abandoned boats and subjects of great character and age, John’s work blends a freshness of approach with traditional technique in a way unmatched by his contemporaries.
John has exhibited widely since the early 1990’s and his work can be found in corporate and private collections worldwide.