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John Bell


John was born in Dundee in 1972 and was brought up in the nearby coastal town of Broughty Ferry attending Grove Academy. He then went on to study illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1994.

“I am a keen hillwalker and I enjoy the landscape and as such I tend to spend a lot of my spare time outdoors, but as a landscape painter I really relish the opportunities (excuses) to take trips around the Scottish Highlands and coasts scouring the countryside for subjects like ruined cottages or castles or old abandoned boats.
These are the subjects I am drawn to- subjects that are aging or decayed,something that feels like it has a past history. Subjects like that often compliment the landscape where I find them. An old boat often makes a harbour even more interesting as does a ruined cottage in the middle of a bog“

John has simplified many aspects of his paintings to allow the detail in the subject to be the focus. His paintings are acrylics on various boards.

John now lives on the Carse of Gowrie surrounded by the fields of rural Perthshire.

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