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Jesse Bell

Artist Statement
Jesse M Bell was born in Michigan and received his BA in Visual Arts from Olivet College. Focusing primarily on the abstraction and interaction of organic shapes in various painting mediums, he employs symbols and detached iconography to create what he refers to as “visual poems”. He currently works and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Inspiration for my work comes from many unassuming places—an errant line, a whirl of handwriting, the prickly thatch of cross hatched marks, a splatter of ink—each element contributing in its own unique way to the formation of my images. More conventional symbols and markings often make appearances too, such as arrows, stars and kites. The resulting work is steeped in the visual language of modernism and the corresponding, mid-century modes of formal exploration. It is art primarily concerned with the interaction between, and delineation of, both shape and color and often emphasizes a loose, more automatic approach to the application of pigment and arrangement of form. This framework allows me to discover the narrative, or slice of time, that is the underlying content of the piece. There is a story there, waiting to be manifested and described. It is through this artistic exploration, and continuing visual conversation, that I assimilate time, experience, and my being-in-the-world.

For Made to Order
The size and price of the piece can vary. Let me know what pieces of mine draw your attention, you can find some samples of my work below. We can work together to determine the size, colors, and elements represented in your commission.

Price and Size Range
5 x 7 in – $250
8 x 10 in – $350
11 x 14 in – $500
24 x 36 in – $1,200


Jesse Bell at the Trout Museum of Art | Past Exhibitions 2020