About

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I am a painter and critic based in Melbourne, Australia.

Contact: depictionbell@gmail.com

BIOGRAPHY

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





SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

GROUP SHOWS

1997       RMIT Project Space, Melbourne – Urban

2001      Mass Gallery, Melbourne – Mediations

2009       Place Gallery, Melbourne – Post

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’)

HARDCOPY 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.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The National Gallery of Victoria.