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James Williamson Bell (English), Coot Chick And Water lilies, Woodblock, C1980

James Williamson-Bell (1938-2010), Coot, Dated 1980, Woodcut Limited Edition 24/45.

James Williamson Bell was a native of Wallsend, Newcastle and began his working life in the Tyneside ship-building industry. Working as a draughtsman at Swan Hunter it wasn’t until 1974 that he took the decision to leave the shipyard to pursue a career in art.

He soon mastered painting and drawing in mixed media as well as various printmaking techniques. His subjects included the industrial landscapes of the northeast as well as wildlife.

Bell was elected to the Society Of Wildlife Artists in 1976 producing finely detailed studies of birds and mammals and gaining many commissions.

As his reputation grew he was able to travel more widely spending many months in China. It was there he developed a love of oriental brush painting, a technique that was to shape his later work.

Bell often exhibited in France, winning Silver and Gold Awards at the Societe des Artistes Paris Salon and the Academie Europeane des Beaux Arts. He also exhibited in New York, South Korea, Nairobi and China, and showed annually with The Society Of Wildlife Artists.


Width 22.5cms, Height 38cms



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