Open Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-4pm

Paintings by Anne Bell

About the Exhibit

Through Saturday, April 16

“I am interested in painting as a visual language. As a former student of Vaclav Vytlacil at the Art Students League in NYC, I was trained to use abstraction as a means of expression. Throughout my career I have been exploring ways of using color, line, form, space, and rhythm to express what it is to be alive.

 “My subject matter sometimes starts with plants and flowers. I am painting their movement and rhythm. That is what interests me most- the way they present themselves and their gallant enthusiasm for life. Different kinds of plants have different ways of moving. Some are voluptuous and unfold with care. Lilies on a single plant often reach out and caress each other as they bloom. Their leaves take up a circular movement and their berries form a musical counterpoint to the whole choreography. Quite amazing. By contrast, a zigzag cactus grows in spurts and jumps, and then reaches out in a big sweeping movement with its mature arms to find the sun. The cyclamen are extraordinary because their leaves undulate almost like waves, while their flowers – some like pinwheels – some like birds, fly in a group seeking their light.

“As a painter, with all of this going on in front of me, I try to capture this sensation with line, form and color. The challenge is to convert my means – charcoal, paint, and linen – into a visual language which will express my response to what I see. We are all dazzled by the beautiful colors in flowers, and the way their colors sometimes float on top of each other. By using, layered color and line, and variations of value, chroma and intervals, I seek to convey rhythm and movement.

“I often use a large scale even for plants that are in reality quite small. I do this because I want to take the viewer into their dance, to sense them physically, as if one is a participant in their seduction.

“The last fifty years, of abstract art have opened up new ways of creating a visual language.  At this point I am working with abstraction and inspired by realism, always trying to capture a life force.”

About the Artist

Born, New Orleans, La

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College, Junior year Abroad, Paris

Art Student’s League, NYC;  Studied with Marshal Glasier, Vincent Malta, Vaclav Vytlacil, Knox Martin

American University, summer painting course, Washington, DC

Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

Vermont Studio Center

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006-8 TOAST Open Artist Studio Tour, Tribeca, NYC

1976 AAMES GALLERY, Soho NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 THE ELIZABETH V. SULLIVAN  GALLERY Summer Exhibition,

Curated by Naomi Campbell, THE LEAGUE RESIDENCY AT VYT, Orangeburg, NY

2015 BELL-ANS CENTER OF CREATIVE ARTS,
Gallery opening, Anne Bell paintings, Tom Artin,  Photography, Rockland County, NY

2014 BELL-ANS CENTER OF CREATIVE ARTS, Open Studios, Rockland County, NY

2012-15 THE  CENTURY ASSOCIATION, Members Exhibition, NYC

2011 THE HOPPER HOUSE, Members Show, Nyack, NY

2008 CULTURAL CENTER, NYC

2007-8 ART GOTHAM, NYC

2007-8 SYNAGOGUE FOR THE ARTS, Curated by Veronica Nemic, NYC

2006 RIVER STONE ARTS, curated by Rachel Yarmolinsky, Haverstraw, NY

2005 JACKSON ART CENTER, Open Studios, Washington, DC

2003 THE ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON, Members Summer Exhibit, DC

1998 COVINGTON & BURLING, 2 person show, Washington,DC

1992 PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION and MUSEUM, Members Show, Mass.

1991 PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION and MUSEUM, curated by John Imber, Mass.

1983 JUST ABOVE MIDTOWN, “ART BIZ”, NYC

1974-77 AAMES GALLERY, Soho, NY

1972-3 ART STUDENT’S LEAGUE, Concours, Exhibit, NYC

1969 ROCKLAND FOUNDATION, NY

REVIEWS

1976        THE NEW YORK TIMES, by John Russell, Solo Show, Aames Gallery, Soho, NYC

1976         THE JOURNAL NEWS, by John Dalmus, “Soho Meets Artist From Grand View”

1969         THE JOURNAL NEWS, by Marietta Campbell, ROCKLAND FOUNDATION EXHIBIT

AWARDS

1979          New York City, C.A.P.S, semi finals , NY STATE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

                 acceptance V.A.R.S File ( Visual Artist Registry of Slides)

1972          ART STUDENTS LEAGUE, Thelka Bernays Merit Scholarship

1972          ART STUDENTS LEAGUE, Concours, Exhibit Award