George W Bell

Australian painter & photographer,  born 1920 - died 2008


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Biographical Notes

as supplied by George Bell for the 1982 Catalogue

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1920 Born Melbourne
1935 Early art training at Caulfield Technical School - combined Commercial Art with Fine Art under William Dargie
1938 Worked as a silk screen operator for Thomas Henderson, graduate of Glasgow School of Arts. This was the first profound influence. Henderson, who was noted as an innovative art teacher in Victoria, was sacked during the Depression
1940  War Service in New Guinea and Bougainville. Studied New Guinea art within the limited scope of a serviceman.
1946 Nomadic life around Australia, especially NT.
1947 Returned to New Guinea to continue art studies.
1948 Returned to Sydney; employed as ship's painter and docker. Joined a circle of artists who attended classes at SORA (Studio of Realist Art). Paintings and drawings of this period were destroyed.
1950 Returned to Melbourne - married and became involved in photography.     
1953 As a member of Group M - photographers who exhibited at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art of Australia) under direction of John Reed - he exhibited annually in Photo Vision.
1963 Participated in Urban Woman Exhibition, Melbourne Town Hall. This  exhibition later taken to Mexico during Olympic Games.  Continued to be active in photography until 1970s
c1970 Photographic works chosen for permanent Gernsheim Collection,  Texas, USA.

Resigned from Herald', where he was a press artist, in order to take up full-time painting.

1977- Exhibited in group shows.
1978 Prize winner, Flinders Art Award '78. Work now in the Shire of Flinders Art Collection. Represented in many private collections throughout Australia.



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