Jennifer Bell is an Australian contemporary artist known for her highly decorative paintings and paper weavings. Her intricate work explores pattern and visual perception often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.
Jennifer's work is 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.
During four years spent in New Zealand she 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 the Waverley Woollahra Art School in Sydney.
PRESS, PUBLICATIONS 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 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
1998 Liminal Graduate Show exhibition catalogue