Gala Bell
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Gala Bell

ArtistLondon, United Kingdom
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Gala Bell
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Gala Bell

ArtistLondon, United Kingdom
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Gala Bell is a London based multidisciplinary artist. The alchemy of matter is at the epicentre of Bell’s practice. Ignited by material experiences, art history fuses with divergent forms that combine processes such as casting in sugar, deep frying, submerging in gels or oils, combining materials and methods that explore new rituals in art making. Here, materials and actions become metonymic, swapping roles between kitchen techniques, craftsmanship and tradition. 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, creating 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.
Projects
  • Tate and Lyle, Sir Henry Commission
    Tate and Lyle, Sir Henry CommissionCommission by BBC One Tribe and Tate and Lyle for 200th Anniversary commemoration of Sir Henry Tate, Installation of sculpture under the effect of Triboluminescence, an optical phenomenon in which light is generated through the breaking of chemical bonds in a material when it is crushed.
  • Fry Up
    Fry UpIn a cross over between the comfort of the kitchen and the dominion of the studio, it felt perfect that any artwork should undergo hot oil in the method of deep-frying. The alchemy of painting is surprisingly close to the recipe and material substances of batter – egg yolk in tempera, linseed oil mixed with pigments, the ground white powder of gesso, the heat and energy of hands. Both the space of the kitchen and the space of the studio operate as a lab of material transformation. Great afflicti
Awards
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    The Aidan Threlfall Award, The Goldsmiths’ CompanyThe Goldsmiths' Company
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    First Prize, Outstanding Work in Show,City and Guilds of London Art School