Barbican Arts Group Trust



Mark Bell has been working on sheet aluminium since 1989. The works have spanned several series. Initially, large works carried phrases and slogans commenting on society's struggle with social violence. A period of works utilising heroin residue followed, whose repetitive calligraphic nature mirrored the language of daily life. The human form as a fundamental expression led to the on-going series of figures blurring gender and dealing with mortality. The series of developed found-objects utilised everyday items to reflect upon their identity. Recent work has been a departure of sorts from commentary, being primarily concerned with the aesthetic qualities of the natural world.



Doglife 1
Oil on aluminium 179 x 160cm


Doglife 1 - Mark Bell