It was a long way to go...........

but it was worth it!

Trevor Bell
Enigma 2011
Falmouth University are running a series of MA lectures and last night it was the painter Trevor Bell (his website can be found HERE) - he is now 82 years and still wondering what his next inspiration will be! He showed numerous slides of his work spanning 60 years including a drawing he did aged 4, which he explained, displayed marks that interested him today. I first saw his work at Leeds University where he was a Gregory Fellow in 2005 and then at Millennium, St Ives earlier this year He moved down to St Ives in the 1950's for a few years. After an extensive career both in the UK and the States he has returned to live in Cornwall.
There is such energy and movement in his paintings. His concern  with space and the structures of his canvases give them a sculptural quality.  He didn't stop talking for over an hour telling us amusing stories of the life and travels of his paintings which are spread throughout the world. I noted down a few his words,  he said "let paintings be a living thing, things (like light) can change things" and "colour has it's own voice". He finished off by saying "you must always work for your God, even if you don't have one".
I feel so inspired to begin painting now and and at the start of my MA course I have been given the task of 100 paintings in a week - I shall start in a few days and see where this immersion in painting takes me


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Trevor Bell is new to me...visited his site and really like his work, what a full life and more to live!
100 paintings...you will be different when you are done...I'm excited for you and this new venture!

Rosie Kearton said...

thanks Mary Ann - it feels like a daunting task to produce 100 paintings in a week and although I started on my one free day last week several days have gone by and not one painting has been done - I have failed!!