Wasatch Studio Tour

John Bell


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John Bell

multi-disciplinary artist

 

A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburg (1987), Bell’s multi-disciplinary practice explores the intersections of social media, digital imagery, performance, viewer participation & natural processes. His work examines social, political and cultural perceptions. It involves the appropriation and deconstruction of images and information popular culture produces, re-interpreting it in various mediums to create opportunities for critical examination of cultural values. Highlighting the ironies of a shrinking public domain in a culture where nearly every moment is openly and publicly shared… from the relevant to the inane. His work is an attempt to locate the authentic by simultaneously celebrating and critiquing a culture obsessed with status, self-styled celebrity and consumerism.

 “I refer to my work as post-modern mash-up, combining elements from a multitude of disciplines while commenting on the ironic complexities of contemporary culture & challenging its veracity”.

Bell has exhibited in over 70 group and solo exhibitions in the past 15 years, including Aqua Art Miami & Art Context Miami fairs at Art Basel Miami, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Central Utah Art Center, the Torrance Art Museum in LA, New York’s Time Warner Center, the Kimball Art Center, BYU Museum of Art, Southern Nevada Museum of Art as well as gallery shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. His work has been placed in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

He has served on the boards of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art & the Central Utah Art Center. In December of 2016 Bell was honored with the Visionary Awardfrom the Central Utah Art Center (joining previous honorees Diane Stewart & Jeff Lambson) for his contributions to the growth and fostering of the contemporary art scene in Salt Lake City both locally and abroad. Press accolades include a profile in the national art magazine Blue Canvas (Los Angeles), a cover editorial in Seven Magazine, (Las Vegas) “Beyond Pop, The man and message behind the paint”. His work and mid-century modern home has been highlighted in the Los Angeles-based lifestyle and culture-centric 944 Magazine and Utah Style & Design. Hailed as “artist on the rise” by Salt Lake Magazine, Bell has received numerous acknowledgments and reviews in NY Art World, City Weekly, Salt Lake City Weekly, Seven, and Juxtapoz magazines and a host of online publications. He is represented by Cancio Contemporary, Miami/New York & Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, RARE Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY, Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky, MT & ONE Modern Art in SLC.