Picture of the Month – White and Near Black

White and Near Black

White and Near Black

The painting White and Near Black by Trevor Bell (1930-1961), oil on canvas, was donated to the museum in 1964.

Trevor Bell is one of the most highly regarded British abstract painters of the last 50 years, and one of a select band of living artists who have had a full retrospective show at the Tate Gallery, St Ives.

Bell studied at the Leeds College of Art from 1947-52; he worked in St, Ives from 1955 and was a member of the Penwith Society of Artists. He has exhibited all over the world and currently lives and works in Cornwall.

Artist statement: ‘I think about things that excite me: convoluted strata, the eroded and broken edges of cliffs, the constant interaction of the elements, the movement of boats on water…I think its about the object and its inner image; the activity of each and the play between the two…’

At present all the Picture of the Month selections are only online and not on public display at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.



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