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Daniel H Bell is a British artist living and working in the UK, with a practice that involves drawing, painting and filmmaking. His work explores the fragile relationship between humans and their natural environment. With enigmatic set pieces, involving various animal and hybrid characters, he presents an eerie and disjointed modern world.

 

Bell's paintings revel in ambiguity, using the medium to stretch from stained, decaying surfaces to alien environments and friendly faces. His drawings show a similar approach, with the realistic, the cartoon-like and the abstract, all combining to blur boundaries and make new connections. There is an intuitive approach to the two-dimensional pieces, with bodies, faces and objects all shifting towards the uncanny.

 

Bell's video work delves deeper into these ideas, presenting a visceral coming together of different species and technologies. His films take shape through the construction of models and puppets, some manipulated using stop-motion techniques, and others employing more unique and specialised mechanisms. With a wide mixture of materials and footage, there is the added presence of real animals that are sometimes living and sometimes dead.

 

Bell shows a kind of nature that has been taken apart and reconfigured by humans. He presents individuals and situations that are relatable, but at the same time disconnected and uncertain.

 

Education

 

2007   Norwich School of Art and Design   MA Digital Practices – Distinction

2003   Glasgow School of Art   BA (Hons) Fine Art – First Class

 

2000-2001   Rhode Island School of Design

1998-1999   Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology

Selected Exhibitions

 

2022   Contemporary British Painting Prize (On now) – Huddersfield Art Gallery

                                                                     (Upcoming) – Thames-Side Studios Gallery

2022   The Anxiety of InterdisciplinarityThe Island Venue, Bristol

2022   Living With the Past – Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield

2022   Derwent Art Prize 2022 – Gallery@Oxo, London

2022   Janus Revisited – Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield

2013   Vestlandsutstillingen – Tour of various venues in Western Norway

2012   The Stuff of Nightmares – V&A Museum of Childhood, London

2011   Sturiale Paper Projects 1 – Sturiale Project Space, Gorizia, Italy

2010   Drawings from the Collection by Brindle and Bell – V&A Museum of Childhood, London

2009   Salthouse 09 – The Church of St Nicholas, Salthouse, Norfolk

2008   Harmlos: Endlich Menschlich – Montana, Berlin, Germany

2008   Kettle’s Yard Open – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

2008   Salon 08 – Matt Roberts Arts / VINEspace, London

2007   The Sprezzatura Maze – Studio Warehouse Gallery, Glasgow

2006   Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition – London

2006   Concrete Allotment – Temporary Contemporary, London

2005   East International 2005 – Norwich Gallery, Norwich

2004   Sample Glasgow – Galleri Wetterling, Stockholm, Sweden

2003   Daniel Bell, Piotr Janas – Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Selected Film Screenings

 

2020   Another Hole in the Head Film Festival – San Francisco, USA

2017   Antimatter Media Art – Victoria, Canada

2009   London Short Film Festival – ICA, London

2009   Leftfield and Luscious – Tenderpixel Gallery, London

2009   Flatpack Festival – The Electric Cinema, Birmingham

2008   Filmfest Dresden: International Short Film Festival - Germany

2008   700IS Experimental Film and Video Festival – Egilsstaðir, Iceland

2008   London Short Film Festival – ICA, London

2008   Cannes in a Van – Cannes Film Festival, France

2008   Screen Tests I – ABEL Neue Kunst, Berlin

2007   International Short Film Festival Oberhausen - Germany

2007   Lange Nacht der Kultur – Kaiserslautern, Germany

2007   Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival – Toscani, Italy