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Michael Bell

My Pet Subjects

Opening reception - Thursday, June 14 • 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition runs until July 3

In the nineties, Newcastle based artist Michael Bell earned acclaim for his iconic work with Mambo. He was represented by and regularly exhibited for the Ray Hughes Gallery (later The Hughes Gallery) for over 22 years, until its closure in late 2015. Much loved for its levity, sense of humour and optimism, Bell’s work is held in many important collections, including The Australian National Gallery Canberra, Newcastle Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Bell has been a multiple finalist in The Archibald and Sulman Prizes.

In My Pet Subjects, his first solo exhibition with TNSG, Bell reminds us once again why his work has been held in such high regard for so long. In 50 works, Bell illustrates personal aspects of his life, from simple and joyful walks with dogs to ruminations on mortality in the artist’s studio. Throughout this body of work Bell is visited by many an animal, from dogs, parrots, and lambs to snakes and lions.

My Pet Subjects is filled with the iconic mark-making and imagery Bell is known for. The show focuses on parts of Bell’s life, both light and weighty, drifting into dreamlike animal scenes and existential humour. TNSG is extremely excited to be able to present this body of work can hope you join us to celebrate.