Gala Bell is a London based multidisciplinary artist. The alchemy of painting is at the epicentre of Bell’s practice with colour as a fundamental catalyst. Paint as liquid matter transgresses to sculptural installation, ignited by experiences of matter that occur in everyday life. Divergent forms combine processes such as casting in sugar, deep frying, submerging in gels or oils, vaporising, combining materials and methods that explore new rituals in art making. Materials and actions become metonymic. Engaging with concepts of value, taste, hierarchy and absurd labour, the space of the kitchen and the studio operate as a lab of material transformation, swapping roles between kitchen techniques and craftsmanship, the resonance between materials and symbology creates pairings that lead to new processes, meanings and possibilities.
Bell is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and City and Guilds Art School. She has been selected for exhibitions with The Design Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival, The London Design Festival with Mint Gallery, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz in Berlin, and Galerie der HBKsaar in Saarsbrucken. Bell has had commissions by BBC One and Tate and Lyle for her sugar sculptures, with a piece acquired by the Tate and Lyle Museum archive in London. She has been included in publications with Dazed magazine and Art Reveal, with interviews by BBC One Tribe and The Royal Docks, and an interview feature on To The Studio Podcast.
Gala Bell | Bacchus
Caran d’ache coloured pencil on Raw Rice Paper
360 x 260 mm (approx 460 x 360 framed)