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Gala Bell

MA work


  • Gala Bell
  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Painting, 2018

  • Matter, like a feline time-stamping territory, brushes up against what is there.

    My work is inspired by the prismatic nature of modern living and the tragi-comedy that shapes realism. Engaging with ideas of value, taste, hierarchy, synthetic matter and absurd labour, the work is the aftermath of a reaction to substance and situation. Materials and actions become metonymic, swapping roles between building methods or kitchen techniques, in performances that are more life than art. In the form of deep-fried canvases or cast tower blocks of sugar, a silicone suit and public pool, the works echo the euphoria of our synthetic environment that yields in excess.

  • Exhibitions

  • ‘Living Room’, Safehouse 1 & 2, Peckham, London, 2018; ‘Thumbnails’, Hockney Gallery, Kensington Gore, London, 2018; ‘Time Poor Dreamers’ Cypher Space, Wilsnacker Straße, Berlin, 2017; ‘Crossing the Visible’ New Court Gallery, Derbyshire, 2017; ‘Glossary’ Safehouse, Peckham, After Projects, 2016; ‘Brücke im Dschungel IV’ Galerie der HBKsaar, Saarbrücken, 2016; 'Substance Rift' House of Vans London, Waterloo, 2016; ‘Brücke im Dschungel’ Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, 2015; ‘Rein ne vas Plus’ Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, 2015; ‘The Deleted World’ After Projects, 5th Base Gallery 2015; Deptford X, Festival of Contemporary Art, 2015; ‘Freed From Desire’ Gallery 223, London 2015