I am a painter and critic based in Melbourne, Australia.
1952 Born in Ballarat, Victoria.
1971-3 NGV Art School (VCA)
1975-85 London International Film School and UK Film &TV industry (see Filmography)
1986-05 Melbourne commercial artist
1993-95 MFA (VCA) Melbourne University
2001-04 PhD studies in art history (Newcastle & Melbourne Universities) – abandoned.
2007 Blog @ currentartpics.blogspot.com
2008 Online dissertation: depictionandpainting.net (now defunct)
2008-10 Advanced Diploma in Digital Media, Box Hill Institute
2010 Blog @ capscrits.blogspot.com
2011 B.A. in Digital Media, Swinburne University (abandoned)
Commences online catalogue of works: gerrybellart.com
2012 Studio residency at Maroondah (City) Gallery, Ringwood.
2014 Studio residency at Irene Studios, East Brunswick
2016 Commences Melbourne Art Seen blog – reviewing local exhibitions
2019 Applied for residency at Monash University Prato Centre in Italy
1986 Rhumbarallas Gallery, Melbourne, WALDEINSAMKEIT
1987 Girgis & Klym Gallery, Melbourne, REDHEADS
1988 Roar 2 Studios, Melbourne, WORKOUTS
1992 Pinacotheca, Melbourne, DOMESTIC ROUTINES
1994 Pinacotheca, Melbourne, CAR PEOPLE
1995 Ether Ohnetitel, Melbourne, CAR PEOPLE
1995 Legge Galleries, Sydney, CAR PEOPLE
1996 Pinacotheca, Melbourne, DEEP SHOPPING
1998 Pinacotheca, Melbourne, ACQUIRED TASTE and SERENADES
2000 Mass Gallery, Melbourne, LIKENESS – 10 portraits
2012 Place Gallery, Melbourne, CITYICITY – Urban landscapes
2019 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, SAMPLER-01 – various paintings
1997 RMIT Project Space, Melbourne – Urban
2001 Mass Gallery, Melbourne – Mediations
2009 Place Gallery, Melbourne – Post
2021 Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton – Don’t Say I Never Warned You When Your Train Gets Lost
2021 Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton – Every Artist Ever Shown
2022 Kingston Arts, Moorabbin – Don’t Say I Never Warned You When Your Train Gets Lost
HARDCOPY PUBLICATIONS BY THE ARTIST
‘Contemporary landscape’ in Maroondah City Gallery Art Collection Catalogue 2007
‘Final Word,’ in Garageland 12, Lancing Press, London 2011. p.68.
‘Going The Distance’, in Garageland 13, Lancing Press, London 2012, p.61
ONLINE REVIEWS BY THE ARTIST
For Arthshub Australia (www.artshub.com.au) 2007- 8:
Fred Cress @ Australia Galleries
Juan Ford @ artsproject
Wes Placek @ Place
Paul Boston @ Niagara Galleries
On the official E. H. Gombrich Archive: ‘Ten Reasons Why E. H. Gombrich Remains Central to Art History’ (in response to James Elkins’ ‘Ten Reasons Why E. H. Gombrich Is Not Connected to Art History’)
PUBLICATIONS ON THE ARTIST
Bell, G: Car People Paintings (catalogue) – Prismatic Images 1995 (ISBN 0 646 258328)
Walwicz A: Deep Shopping – Art Monthly Australia, Oct 1996 No 94 p.27
Ryan, D: Urban (Gerry Bell, John McKinnon, Peter Neilson) catalogue essay, RMIT project space, 1997.
Vale, M: Curator’s Statement (Don’t Say I Never Warned You When Your Train Gets Lost- catalogue)
Kingston Arts 2022
Hill, P: Eight Glimpse into Absurdity (accompanying online essay to Kingston group show)
The National Gallery of Victoria.