Bells work elevates the prosaic in the everyday life of lost individuals, committing the fleeting moments of the people we look through and discard to the form of intimate oils. The act of retrieving and reviving is at the core of her practice, from the collecting of found photographs as source material to the process of painting itself.
Through the act of painting she aims to reclaim and invigorate, with added permanence and significance, a moment lost in the instant it occurred. The process of being painted and achieving a permanent existence in a traditional medium, and in turn hung on walls in exhibitions, grants the subject an unanticipated status.
Bells work is an echo of that which is lost and sought, it speaks at times to our sense of nostalgia, and at others to our desire to be seen, recognised and valued.
Angela Bell has been selected for numerous exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Ulster Academy. She was short listed for the Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year in both 2015 and 2016 and awarded the Dry Red Press Award, LARA Portrait Award and Third Prize at the Jacksons Open Art Prize.