Artist biography

Graham BELL 1910–1943

Painter of portraits, landscapes and still life. Born 21 November 1910 in the Transvaal; his younger brother Geoffrey Graham Bell is also a painter. Worked in a bank and on a farm before turning to art. Studied at the Durban Art School; held first one-man exhibition at the City Hall there 1931. Came to England 1931. At first inspired by the work of Duncan Grant; then met William Coldstream and, under the influence of Geoffrey Tibble, showed non-representational works at the exhibition of Objective Abstractions, Zwemmer Gallery 1934 (see Moynihan, No.T.172). Abandoned painting for journalism 1934–7, contributing to the New Statesman; published The Artist and His Public 1939. Associated with Coldstream and others in the Euston Road School from 1937 and with them joined the A.I.A. Enlisted with the R.A.F. and was killed on a training flight in England 9 August 1943.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I