Trevor Bell: ThrustJune 24 - July 18, 2015

Trevor Bell: ThrustJune 24 - July 18, 2015

This June, Waterhouse & Dodd brings to New York a major show by one of Britain's greatest living Post-War artists, Trevor Bell. The large-scale, powerfully executed paintings included in the exhibition demonstrate that the artist's vigour and power as a painter remain undiminished after over 60 years as a practicing artist. Some of these works have never been shown before. Waterhouse & Dodd is the artist's direct agent and dealer, and this year alone has sold 4 major works to US collections, including to the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

The title of the exhibition, Thrust, is taken from one of the most visually striking paintings featured in the show. The word 'thrust' seems to describe perfectly Bell's practice – it implies progression and a barely contained drive towards a goal. The word also conveys a sense of power, scale and virility. All these attributes are evident, in one way or another, in the paintings Bell has produced throughout his long career.

Bell made his reputation in the 1950s and 1960s as a leading member of the younger generation of St. Ives artists who established 20th century British art on the world stage, and has been awarded the Paris Biennale International Painting Prize and an Italian Government Scholarship amongst many prestigious awards. Bell was invited to become Professor for Master (Graduate) Painting at the Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1976. There he developed the large-scale, intensely colored paintings for which he is best known.

Arguably no other post-war British artist other than David Hockney is more connected to America than Bell, with his teaching career at Florida State University spanning 17 years and having exhibited his work in over 20 shows throughout the United States. Currently in his 80s, Bell is a genuine, integral part of the British vanguard of modernism and continues to paint vibrant and inspiring works.

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