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Artist in the Spotlight - Kate Bell

Kate Bell is a professional artist, creative practitioner and lecturer and has been teaching art for over thirty years in secondary and further education. She has an MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Dialogues at UWTSD, Swansea College of Art.

Her work is concerned with concepts relating landscape to metaphysical thought about place and space. Her practice is concerned with nature, liminality and the phenomenology of place. Primarily a painter she has explored new materials such as ice and glass.

Her creative practice stems from a fascination for the vital connection between land and sea, sea and sky, nature and mythology, male and female. The coastal landscape is a place of memories and imagination. Her paintings are not a direct representation but rather a feeling, an emotional encounter, an embodiment of my sense of place through a continual dialogue between real and imagined geographies, both physical and psychological.

She is intrigued with what’s left behind, tracing, mapping absence through exploration of the liminal place between land, sea and sky- anomalies in the land and seascapes which harbour portals into other worlds – cracks, crevices, fissures, alignment of stones, sea caves, shorelines – thin places, but also through the sea, shipping lanes, lost ships, the movement of the sea on the land and humans on the sea.

Kate is also an A Level examiner and moderator for Art & Design, and is Events Organiser and on the board of The Friends of The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. She is also a Lead Creative Agent for The Arts Council of Wales.

She has had a number of group exhibitions in Wales, Devon and London and has many works in private collections in the UK and Australia. She currently has a studio at Elysium Gallery Studios, Orchard Street, Swansea.

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