Rozanne Bell opens new exhibition on Saturday May 6th
Rozanne Bell – The UK’s top seller of original art opens new exhibition at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse
On Saturday 6th May the Harrison Lord Art Gallery in Brighouse is delighted to welcome the UK’s best-selling artist, Rozanne Bell, to open an exhibition of her latest paintings.
The art is vibrant and is the epitome of fun. Her many fans are eagerly awaiting her first visit to Yorkshire and to see the exhibition which features over 50 new original works, all displaying her characteristically colourful and quirky style.
Steven Lord, gallery owner said “It’s very exciting to welcome such a famous artist to the gallery. Rozanne Bell’s style of painting is so uplifting and colourful it’s no surprise that she is so hugely popular.”
Rozanne Bell said “Ever since I first picked up a paint brush with my mother as a little girl, the compulsion to paint has dominated my life. I know that the extraordinary colours, light and contrasts of Zimbabwe where I grew up are to blame. Art became and has ever been my friend, supporting my children and me throughout.”
Rozanne Bell has become one of the UK’s most loved artists because her witty, convivial and vibrant style is always uplifting in mood.
Her celebrated depictions of wild-flowers, cosy sheep-farming villages, dreamy coastlines and quaint little fishing harbours are quintessentially British and yet unprecedented use of luminous colour and the trademark resin and metallic embellishments come from a very different influence – her native Zimbabwe.
Born in the Southern African country in 1962, Rozanne’s early work was inspired by Zimbabwe’s jaw-dropping natural beauty and timeless culture. During this period, Zimbabwe’s burgeoning tourist industry began to expose her work to an international audience where she found particular popularity in the USA and UK. When Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth in 2002, Rozanne chose to settle in England and merge the drama and impact of the African landscape with the mystery and atmosphere of the Dorset coast and the coves and harbours of Cornwall have a great influence in her work.
Rozanne has developed in her work a style and a technique which make each and every painting totally unique. Having had no formal art schooling, Rozanne cultivated her natural flair and talent that is so evident in her work.
Focusing predominantly on the contemporary taste for naive art, Rozanne’s artistic techniques are displayed in each of her paintings, which encompass a complexity and variety of mixed media. The end result is a marvellous depth of colour and texture. Her steady search for new techniques and subject matter ensures that her skills are constantly evolving to produce a wide variety of art yet still being instantly recognisable as her own style.
One of her greatest achievements was the charity auction of her remarkable Rocking Horse at Sotheby’s, Bond Street alongside works by celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Maureen Lipman and Joanna Lumley, in aid of the charity CHIVA Africa which is working in Africa to stop the spread of HIV in children and teenagers.
In addition to her surroundings, Rozanne’s ultimate inspiration is undoubtedly her family. In addition to her five children (the artistic muses!) the Bell dynasty includes Herbie the dog: the ever-popular star of Rozanne’s social media…
“It’s the truth: I live to paint, and paint to live – Simple!”
Meet the artist on Saturday May 6th and the exhibition continues until the end of May. It is free to enter.
See www.harrisonlord.co.uk or ring 01484 722462 for more details