ROSS BELL SCULPTURE
I am a sculptor who lives and works in London with my wife Beth and our five children, Dan, Allie, Luc, James and John. Born and raised in Alberta I received an Art and Design Diploma from Red Deer College in 1994 followed by a BFA (Sculpture) from the University of Lethbridge in 1996. In 1998 I moved to Ontario to complete a MFA in Sculpture at the University of Guelph. After graduating in 2000 I moved to Toronto and lived there and worked until 2010 when I moved to the “Forest City” to work at Museum London. While the use of wood was already established in my work, it became the predominant material of my sculpture at this point. To me this excerpt from an earlier writing sums it up best:
Bell continues to explore established ideas about three-dimensional form that stem from the traditions of Formalist, Minimalist and Post-Minimalist art. His imposing sculptural forms create his own idiosyncratic bridge to straddle issues of Modernity and Postmodernity. Structurally and materially, Bell explores notions of fragmentation, deconstruction and narrative. The combination of fine craftsmanship and raw, untreated surfaces - long a Bell hallmark - offers yet another notional juxtaposition.