John Bell

In-between Masterpieces

In-between Masterpieces

vinyl lettering & neon on museum board 10” x 10” x 2”

Money & Taste

Money & Taste

vinyl lettering & neon on museum board 12” x 12” x 2”

Boring Hotel Art

Boring Hotel Art

acrylic silk screen & neon on museum board 12” x 12” x 2”

Die - the 7 deadly commonalities

Die - the 7 deadly commonalities

(eat, drink, defecate, work, fuck, sleep, repeat, die) digital print on hahnemuhle torchon paper 12” x 17” each

Sleep - the 7 deadly commonalities

Sleep - the 7 deadly commonalities

(eat, drink, defecate, work, fuck, sleep, repeat, die) digital print on hahnemuhle torchon paper 12” x 17” each

Work - the 7 deadly commonalities

Work - the 7 deadly commonalities

(eat, drink, defecate, work, fuck, sleep, repeat, die) digital print on hahnemuhle torchon paper 12” x 17” each

Eat - the 7 deadly commonalities

Eat - the 7 deadly commonalities

(eat, drink, defecate, work, fuck, sleep, repeat, die) digital print on hahnemuhle torchon paper 12” x 17” each

The Warhol Prophesy Supernova #2

The Warhol Prophesy Supernova #2

John Bell - The Warhol Prophesy Supernova #2 - acrylic on canvas, 70"x62"

Would You Like to Become a Fan #3

Would You Like to Become a Fan #3

John Bell - Would You Like to Become a Fan #3 - acrylic on canvas, 70"x62"

Women #2

Women #2

John Bell - Women #2 - acrylic on bristol board, 28"x22"

A Place Where Troubles...

A Place Where Troubles...

John Bell - A Place Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops - acrylic on unstretched canvas, 72"x96"

DS Memorial

DS Memorial

John Bell - DS Memorial - acrylic on bristol board, 28"x22"

DNA

DNA

John Bell - DS Memorial - acrylic on bristol board, 28"x22"

The Burden of Ambition

The Burden of Ambition

John Bell - The Burden of Ambition - acrylic on canvas, 72"x96"

John Bell is a nationally emerging artist who describes his work as postmodern mash up. He combines abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop art and other movements in contemporary art. Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist incorporating print making photography, sculpture, text, installation and performance art. His work depicts wide ranging themes from social to political, popular culture, media and the public domain to comment on — and understand the complexities of contemporary American culture.

 

Ohio-born John Bell lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upcoming solo museum exhibitions include BYU Museum of Art. He has exhibited in countless solo and group exhibitions, including Art Basel, Miami, New York’s Time Warner Center, Southern Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City, UT. His work has been placed in many private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. 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, Seven, and Juxtapoz magazines and a host of online publications. He is represented by Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, Cancio Contemporary, Miami/New York.

 

Artist Statement

I like to refer to my work as postmodern mashup. Visually exploring multiple movements in contemporary art while commenting on the ever-fluctuating values of contemporary culture. Rearranging the information it produces to create possibilities for new meaning and sending it back into the mix. A reminder that the information is slanted and is rarely what it seems. I am interested in process as much as style. Painting, print making, photography, sculpture, writing, installation and performance art have all found their way into my work.

 

Regardless of medium, all of my work is an inquiry into understanding the complexities of contemporary American culture.

 

Solo Exhibitions

March 2012 – Post Modern Blues, Nox Contemporary, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2011 – Perform Chinatown, dinner party performance piece, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

October 2010 – Would you like to become a fan?, Mondo Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2010 – The Burden of Ambition, Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV

July 09 – The Elegant Universe, Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV

January 09 – Size Matters, Pop Shops, Salt Lake City, UT

June 08 – Survey, DDR Projects, Long Beach, CA

January 08 – THE SOUND & THE FURY, Utah Arts Alliance, Salt Lake City, UT

March 07 – BUILDING ICONS, Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

September 05 – (re) Defining Space, Time Warner Center, New York City, NY

April 05 – Defining Space, ONE Modern Art, Salt Lake City, UT

February 05 – 24 Hours, Artisan Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

July 04 – Untitled, Evening Editions Press, Salt Lake City, UT

May 04 – Drinking, Dancing & Smoking with the Muse, Chroma Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Group Exhibitions

June 2012 – 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

March 2012 – The Plastic Propaganda Poster Project, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

February 2012 – Central Utah Art Center, Utah Ties juried exhibition, Ephraim, UT

August 2011 – Conari Gallery, gestural live painting, Denver, CO

August 2010 – Arin Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA

April 2010 – Modern Values, Mondo Fine Art, at Lightspot Modern, Salt Lake City, UT

December 09 – Not Just Another Pretty Face, salon & holiday show, UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT.

December 09 – Small Works, juried show, Jill Dawsey, chief curator, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

November 09 – Snap To Grid, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

June 09 – Not Just Another Pretty Face, gala & exhibition, UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT.

April 09 – The Truth of Abstraction, Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

February 09 – Digital Art, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

January 09 – Love and Power, Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV

December 08 – Holiday Group Show, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

October 08 – 5×5, Salt Lake Magazine’s, 5 On the Rise, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

May 08 – Untitled, Utah Arts Council, Rio Grande Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

February 08 – 3rd Annual SLCC President’s Art Show; Library Square Center, Salt Lake City, UT

December 07 – Holiday Group Show; Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

July 07 – 1+1 = 14, Artisan Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

August 05 – Utah Art’s Council, Rio Grand Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

December 04 – White-Out, curatorial artist, ONE Modern Art, Salt Lake City, UT

October 04 – Featured artist; grand opening of ONE Modern Art, Salt Lake City, UT

August 04 – Utah Arts Council, Mixed media, works on paper; juried selection, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

June 03 – Chroma Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Museums, Competitions & Commissions

December 2012 – We could Be Heroes; The Mythology of Monsters and Heros in Contemporary Art, BYU Musuem of Art, Provo, UT

December 2012 – Art Miami, Context, Art Basel, Miami, FL

September 2012 –The Next Supper, Blurring the lines between, viewer, art and experience. Performance art & installation, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

June 2012 –Play Me I’m Yours, city-wide public art installation, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

Nov. 2011 – Art Basel, Miami, Bloomingdales showcase, Miami FL

June 2011 – Lawn Gnomes Eat Your Heart Out, public art project, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 337 Project, Salt Lake City, UT

December 2010 – Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel, Cancio Contemporary, Miami, FL.

June 2010 – Contemporary Masters, sculpture commission artist-designed miniature golf, 337 Project & Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

December 09 – Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel, Cancio Contemporary, Miami, FL

June 09 – The Urban Face Off, 337 Project, mural commission/competition, Salt Lake City, UT

May 09 – Spring Art Affair, regional juried exhibition, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV (curated by Elizabeth Herridge, Director, Guggenheim Hermitage Museum)

December 08 – The Artist Fair, Art Basel, Miami, FL

April 06 – Mural Commission, Time Warner Center, New York City, NY

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DNA

John Bell - DS Memorial - acrylic on bristol board, 28"x22"