Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Impressions of Nature: The Prints of Alistair Bell

Please join us for the opening reception
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 from 7pm to 9pm
Canadian master printmaker Alistair Bell produced some 300 prints over the span of 62 years. Impressions of Nature: The Prints of Alistair Bell examines the contemplative prints and drawings that Bell created in his home studio in West Vancouver until he passed away in 1997. Bell's main interests eschew the human in favour of solitary animals and birds, as well as atypical landscapes and vegetation, boats and harbour scenes. All of these subjects attracted Bell with their strong, often linear or angular form, and are rendered with a striking clarity and expressiveness. His remarkable ability to capture the inner essence of his subjects - achieved through a meticulous process of observation and abstraction - sets Bell's graphic images apart, as they have us see the world intimately and unexpectedly anew.


Photo: Dead Bird, Cox Bay, Alistair Bell, pen and ink on paper, 1981. Courtesy of Alan Bell, urbanpictures.com photo, 2008