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Trevor Bell (Born 1930)

Now based in Cornwall, Bell was born in Leeds in 1930. He was awarded a scholarship to attend The Leeds College of Art, 1947 - 52 and, encouraged by Terry Frost, moved to Cornwall in 1955. Bell was drawn to St. Ives as at that time it was the epicentre for British abstract art being the home to artists such as Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Terry Frost. From these artists, especially Nicholson, Bell received advice and help. Nicholson encouraged him to show in London and Waddington Galleries gave Bell his first solo exhibition in 1958 followed by a second show in 1960. Patrick Heron wrote the introduction to the exhibition catalogue, stating that Bell was 'the best non-figurative painter under thirty’.Awards include an Italian Government scholarship, 19 58-59, one of the six major prizes at the first Paris International Biennale for artists under 35 in 1959 and in 1961, a Gregory Fellowship for painting.