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Stephen Bell: What in Heaven's Name Have I Done?

26 November 2021- 15 January 2022

Stephen Bell was born in Belfast.  His studies at degree level include architecture, ceramics and MA fine art. An important childhood influence was Quakerism with its values of integrity, truth and simplicity. Later this honesty was joined by the discovery of kitsch and pop culture, façades and theatrical effects. This confrontation between the two forms a thread throughout Bell’s work.

The installations and paintings often refer to absence and implied presence. The absence can take many forms – from simple removal, to theft or censorship.  He uses traditional painting techniques such as illusionistic representation and trompe l’oeil.

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