Babylon Village Arts Council Art by the Falls Featured Artist John A. Bell
John Bell is an artist who reclaims salvaged metal to create sculptures. Using braised and welded steel and copper etched with acid to produce textural qualities, his first series of fourteen sculptures depicted the human head. Since then John’s art has evolved and expanded to include more abstract themes. His most current work includes pieces created with steel from demolished buildings and industrial scrap materials. By allowing the metal to react to the environment as well as to chemical applications, John creates surface textures of deterioration which add mood and meaning to the sculptural shapes.
Selected pieces of John’s work can be viewed currently at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, New York, where he is a member. His work was shown in the Creative Mischief Pop-up Art Exhibition at the National Academy Museum and School in Manhattan as well as in the class exhibition there. John’s sculpture has been selected four times for juried art exhibits at the Southampton Cultural Center, most recently at the September 2015 show. During the summer of 2014 several of his pieces were exhibited on the grounds of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in Huntington, New York, where they currently remain. He has had two month long showings of his sculpture at the West Islip Public Library, where some of his pieces are permanent installations. His work has also been exhibited at the Babylon Public Library. During the month of October 2015, his sculpture was on display at the Patchogue Arts Council festival. John was also an invited artist at the 2016 Winter Light exhibition in Southampton.
As a teenager, John purchased gas welding equipment to use in his hobby pursuits. He became an adept welder and applied his skills in the family horticultural business as well as in his career as an industrial arts teacher and as a plant engineer. Upon retiring he began designing and fabricating decorative metal pieces for friends which led to a more serious pursuit of sculpting in this medium. He has degrees in ornamental horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale and the Ohio State University and has taken industrial arts classes at NYU. Most recently he has studied at both the National Academy School and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
John is a lifelong resident of West Islip, New York.
Babylon Village Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Community support enable BVAC to present cultural art programs throughout the year to the Long Island community. Programs are made possible in part through grants from Suffolk County, New York State Council of the Arts and through Nassau and Suffolk Counties in partnership with Huntington Arts Council, sponsorships, partnerships, donations and memberships.
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