Holy Isle from Barassie
John Bell was born in Ayr in 1968 and was brought up in Fife. He painted from a young age but chose to pursue a career in architecture, graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 1993. He has worked as an Architect since then but has continued to paint and exhibit work having undergone further study at Glasgow School of Art.
John paints landscapes and seascapes around Scotland and often along the Ayrshire coast near his home in Troon. Whether he is painting an intimate woodland scene or an expansive shoreline, his carefully composed oil paintings are always atmospheric. He is interested in the extremes of light and colour in the Scottish landscape but his colours are often subtle, reflecting the coolness of the Scottish light. He is interested in the influence of the constantly changing weather, which can transform the mood in a moment. The sky often dominates his paintings and he uses bold brushwork to express the form and movement of cloud.