Jennifer Bell is an Australian contemporary artist who works primarily in intricate painting and paper weaving, but her practice also encompasses textiles, paper art, photography and new media.
Jennifer's work centers around pattern and visual perception, influenced for the most part by her experiences of a rare neuro-ophthalmologcal condition that constantly disrupts her visual field. Everything is seen through a fine veil of swirling, kaleidoscopic coloured dots. Although it may not be a view shared by everyone, it is fascinating to think that we have no idea how each person is actually seeing the world. Highly patterned, her work explores the beauty that surround us every day.
Woven Art : Weaving is of the oldest art forms, every civilization has a textiles history. These works play homage to this tradition through the exploration of the rich diversity of patterns humans produce and reinterpret. Continuity too threads through the long line of weavers within Jennifer's maternal family. It is a practice that links both generations and cultures.
Jennifer's work explores pattern and visual perception influenced largely by her experience of a little known neuro-ophthalmologcal condition which means she sees patterned dots in her visual field, continuously.
These dots appear as a fine veil of dancing, kaleidoscopic colour that can never be turned off. Even on the calmest day and in the simplest of environments, surroundings that may seem static and plain to others are full of movement and decoration. Jennifer shares this unique experience of the world through her art. It may be a view not perceived by everyone, but no matter how we see the world, pattern still exists all around us both man-made and naturally occurring; from the beauty and complexity of fractals in nature to the printed fabric of your clothing.
Jennifer’s artwork often incorporates recycled materials and images of discarded and decayed objects emphasising that pattern and beauty can be found in everyday things. Understanding that beauty exists in the imperfect.
Jennifer holds a degree in fine art and during four years spent in New Zealand ran her own gallery in the picturesque Wellington suburb of Island Bay. Today she works a full time independent artist from her sunny studio and her work is represented in private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Newcastle.
She later attended the University of Technology in Sydney to study Visual Communication, London's Putney School of Art and Design and Waverley Woollahra Art School in Sydney.
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
2019 Finalist Global Etsy Design Awards
2019 Finalist Milburn Art Prize
2019 Finalist Rotary Art Spectacular
2019 Finalist Art Lovers Prize Australia
2018 Finalist Moreton Bay Art Awards
2018 Finalist Milburn Art Prize
2018 Finalist Art Lovers Prize Australia
2017 Finalist Lethbridge 10 000 Art Awards
2017 Highly Commended ArtWorld Studio Portrait Prize
2017 Local Business Prize Foot Square, Aspire Gallery
2016 Voters’ Choice Winner Foot Square, Aspire Gallery
PRESS, MENTIONS AND EVENTS
2019 Saatchi Art Catalog Spring 2019
2019 Qld Photographic Society talk 'Art & Photography'
2019 Brush Magazine Issue 10
2019 Paper Bou Blog March 2019
2019 Smarter Communities Magazine Summer Edition
2018 Artists Talk Magazine Issue 5 July 2018
2018 'Bringing the beach to you' crowdink.com Mar
2018 'More than just flowers' crowdink.com Feb
2018 '10 interior design trends set to be huge in 2018'
The Evening Standard Online Lifestyle section Jan
2017 Down Under Textiles Magazine Issue 29
2017 Grand Designs Australia Magazine Issue 6.4
2017 Down Under Textiles Magazine Issue 28
2013 The Loop Blog, August
2012 Etsy artists chat, Vivid Festival, Sydney Apple Store
2008 Digital Camera Magazine, Autumn Issue
2019 Play with Paper, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine
2019 Milburn Art Prize, Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Women's Work, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane
2018 The Weaving Room, Pine Rivers Gallery, Strathpine
2018 Variegated, Artworld Studio, Brisbane
2018 Regeneration, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2018 Natural Selection, The Mezzanine, Dayboro
2018 Moreton Bay Art Awards, Strathpine
2018 Milburn Art Prize, Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane
2018 Art Lovers Australia Finals, Left Bank Gallery, Gold Coast
2018 Snap18, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2018 Petite Pieces, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Weaving Illusions, Left Bank Gallery, Gold Coast
2017 Landscape, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane
2017 SNAP17, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2017 All Creatures, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane
2017 Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich
2017 Petite Pieces, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Elemental Brisbane, Reverse Emporium, Brisbane
2016 Babies, books and rhymes, Ashgrove Library, Brisbane
2016 Delicate Emotive, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Comforts of Home, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Foot Sqaure, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Snap, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2013 Once Upon a Time, The Art & Design Precinct, Brisbane
2004 Art Space Island Bay, Wellington
2003 Art Space Island Bay, Wellington
2002 Art Space Island Bay, Wellington
2001 Art Space Island Bay, Wellington
2001 Art Within, Wamberal
2000 Femme Fatale, Green Frog, Newtown
2000 Art Within, Wamberal
1999 Latest work, Candy's, Manly
1998 Liminal, Ourimbah
1997 Central Coast Arts Fringe Festival