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About 

Gala Bell (b. 1989) is a London based multidisciplinary artist exploring diverse processes in painting and sculpture through traditional and unorthodox techniques. Her work is inspired by the prismatic nature of modern living and the tragi-comedy that shapes reality. The work is the aftermath of a reaction to substance and situation, engaging with ideas of value, taste, hierarchy, synthetic matter and absurd labour. Materials and actions become metonymic, swapping roles between building methods or kitchen techniques, in performances that are more life than art. In the form of deep-fried canvases or cast tower blocks of sugar, a silicone suit and public pool, the works echo the euphoria of our synthetic environment that yields in excess.

 

Exhibitions

 

2018

FAM, Loft Studios, Kensal Green, London 01/06/18                                                                                            Living Room, Safe House 1 & 2, Peckham, London 19-20/04/18                                                             Thumbnails, Hockney Gallery, Kensington Gore, London  19-23/02/18

2017

Trutopia Presents: The Night Mayors, French Toast and Blonde, London 05/08/17                                                                                                            Time Poor Dreamers Cypher Space, Wilsnacker Straße, Berlin  02-05/05/17                                                                                                   WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London   20-24/01/17                                                                               Crossing the Visible, New Court Gallery, Derbyshire  14/01/17-10/02/17                                                             The Sacred Screen, The Square Gallery, Battersea, London 12/01/17 - 19/01/17

2016 

The Londoner’s Compass, The Strand Gallery, London  18-23/10/16                                                                  Glossary, The Safehouse, Peckham, After Projects  18-23/10/16                                                                   Brücke im Dschungel IV, Galerie der HBKsaar, Saarbrücken, Germany 29/09/16 – 02/10/16                                                                                         Substance Rift, House of Vans London, Waterloo 03-22/06/16                                                                   Structure F*d Me, No.57 Ossington Street, Notting Hill Gate, London  19/12/16 – 24/12/162015

2015

Brücke I'm Dschungel, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin  19/12/15                                                           Rein ne vas Plus, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin    04/12/15                                                                   Deptford X, Festival of Contemporary Art, London       15-29/09/15                                                                                                  The Deleted World, After Projects, 5th Base Gallery, London   25/09/15-04/10/15                                                                                                                     Southern Wilds, The Vaults, Waterloo, London       17- 20/09/15                                                                        AAH Open Studios, Hammersmith and Fulham, London   26/09/15                                                                    Open Studios, Make Space Studios, Lambeth London    19-21/06/15                                                                     A Run in the Mind, ROA Gallery, Pall Mall, London    16/06/15                                                                      Morrison Ford Album Launch at Iklektic Art Space, Carlisle Lane, London  27/04/15-03/05/15                                                                                                      Umbra, The Vaults Festival, Leake Street, London  08/06/15                                                 

2014

Freed From Desire, Gallery 223, Waterloo, London  23-24/11/2014                                                                       Stripped,  Stoke Newington Studios, London    15-23/10/14                                                                                   Creation Box, Make Space Studios, Lambeth London    03-07/07/14              

2013

                                                                                              
Superluminal Communication
, ROA Gallery, Pall Mall 14-19/10/13
Consumed by Matter,  The Chance Collective at The Chance Gallery, Kensington 01-10/10/13
Surface Revive,  Rook and Raven Gallery, Soho, London  24/01-15/02/2013                                                     AAH, Open Studios, London  16-19/06/13

2012


Shawshank Redemption Secret Cinema cell installation,Hackney, London 02-29/12/12
II, ROA Gallery, Pall Mall London 17/08- 04/09/12
MADE, The Chance Gallery, Sydney Street, London 30/07-04/08/12
Many Man Show, Festival of the Arts, KT Leather Factory, Visoko, BiH   09-14/07/12                                                       Graduation Show at City & Guilds of London Art School 26-30/06/2012
AAH Open Studios, London 22-25/06/2012

2011

Philip Connard Travel Prize Selected Artists  Skinners Hall, London  21-24/07/11                                                            Thirty Seven,  Parr Street, Hoxton, London  19-24/06/11
The Vault, 336 Lambeth Accord, Brixton, London 19-24/06/10

Curation

Substance Rift at House of Vans, 03-22/06/16 London Waterloo                                                                            Freed From Desire at Gallery 223, 20-25/10/15 London Waterloo                                                                   Other Gallery Launch Party at Vogue Fabrics, Dalston, 30/05/15                                                                    Makers and Mavericks State of Independence Market 07/07/15                                                                      When One Falls We All Stand Up at Clapton Depot, 7-9/08/15                                                                      Equinox at Vogue Fabrics, Vogue Fabrics, Dalston 12/09/14

Publications

Interview with Art Reveal 2017: https://issuu.com/artrevealmagazine/docs/no34

Article in Dazed Digital 2017: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/34178/1/these-artworks-ask-you-to-choose-between-irl-and-url

Interview with Focus LDN 2016:    http://www.focusldn.com/interviews/galabell

Interview with Italia Art Magazine 2015:     http://www.italiaartmagazine.it/gala-bell/

Awards

The Aiden Threfall Painting Award, Runner Up, London 2011

First Prize, Outstanding Work in Show, granted by City and Guilds, 2009

Pauline Hazelwood Memorial Prize for Art, 2008