Trevor Bell is an acclaimed abstract painter from England who created some of his most powerful works while living in Florida. From now until Jan. 5, visitors to Orlando can view some of his large-scale paintings at the Orlando Museum of Art.
“Across the Gulf Stream: Paintings from Florida and Cornwall” features 25 of Bell’s shaped canvases, painted with luminous atmospheric tones and punctuated with bold strokes of contrasting color.
Bell already was an accomplished artist when he came to Florida in 1976 to be Professor for Master Painting at Florida State University. But he really developed his talent – and the large-scale, intensely colored paintings for which he is best known – in a warehouse-sized studio in Tallahassee. He called his strong, new works “heatscapes,” and they reflected the influence of the sub-tropical climate and landscape where he stayed until 1996.
His work on display in Orlando is non-objective, but hints at references to the landscape, sea and sky of both Florida and his current home on the coast of Cornwall, England.
Bell has been awarded the prize for painting at the Biennale de Paris and has had works purchased by the Tate collection and presented at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., among other museums and galleries. He is twice a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Council of Florida.
Info: Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, 407-896-4231; www.omart.org. Admission is $8.