Approved: 11.01.2022

Sam Bell

Art historian, Artist, Event organiser, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 11.01.2022

All of my work is in a modernist idiom, with a particular focus on abstraction. I was originally particularly interested in Russian Constructivism and the tradition of Brutalism in architecture as it might be applied to sculpture. My ongoing interest in abstraction also drew my attention to modern British art including, in particular, the St Ives developments of the 1950s and 1960s. For me, then and now, sculpture is about the sculptor’s first principles: form, line and structure, about light falling on surfaces. I also see art as a means to selfhood, to a better, refined sense of self as represented in the search for meaningful structure. It is also about engaging with the moment, in the act of creation. I have a particular love of working the stone itself, and seek to make sculptures that express the qualities of the stone as well as my own intentions and preoccupations.

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    Artist Statement

    All of my work is in a modernist idiom, with a particular focus on abstraction. I was originally particularly interested in Russian Constructivism and the tradition of Brutalism in architecture as it might be applied to sculpture. My ongoing interest in abstraction also drew my attention to modern British art including, in particular, the St Ives developments of the 1950s and 1960s. For me, then and now, sculpture is about the sculptor’s first principles: form, line and structure, about light falling on surfaces. I also see art as a means to selfhood, to a better, refined sense of self as represented in the search for meaningful structure. It is also about engaging with the moment, in the act of creation. I have a particular love of working the stone itself, and seek to make sculptures that express the qualities of the stone as well as my own intentions and preoccupations.

    Aesthetically, my work springs, in the main, from a love of the shaping process, and a good deal of my output echoes Clive Bell’s emphasis on ‘significant form’. In particular I am interested in how abstract art offers psychological templates of our minds and of our make-up as human beings. I see a sculptor’s world as a private activity, one that is a looking in for form and out for a medium and an engagement with the wider world. It offers us a chance to ‘map’ our psyches, to see what non-verbal truths we hold within us. Hence it is also an adventure.
    As a modern sculptor I am interested in the crisis of representation in the visual arts. I am also interested in the history of western art, up to and including post-modernism and contemporary rethinking of what art practice is.

    For the future I would like to continue to develop the range of work I do and to participate in more group and social activities as an maker.
     

    CV & Education

    I have been a member of North Devon Arts, the Penwith Society of Arts, originally established by Barbara Hepworth in St Ives, Cornwall, where the society's gallery resides. I have been a member of an arts co-operative, 14 The Gallery, Great Torrington. I have also exhibited regularly at the Broomhill Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, North Devon.

    I am currently an exhibiting member of 44AD Artspace, Bath, and a member of Studio Ponte di Ferro, Carrara, Italy, where I exhibit and work on a regular basis. Much of the stone I use is from Carrara and a number of my sculptures made here are in collections in Italy and the U.K.

    My have had a studio in North Devon and currently work out of my workshop in Rutland:Workshop 2, Mickley, Burley Road, Langham, Rutland. LE15 7JB

    Most of my recent work has been in the form of works for specific exhibitions or commissions for clients, including the Rutland County Council.

    Publications include: Three Dogs, A Quartet, Various Sculptors and Some Dust: a late smmer visit to Carrara. Available on Amazon as an ebook.