William Carl Bell
FINE ART GALLERY
An Artist With A Passion For Life
"Fame should never be the goal. The goal is to be the very best and to give the very best you're capable of. In the end, this is the only true measure of success in anyone's life."
The Artist... Shades of southern tradition and flair characterize the works of William Carl Bell. Born and raised in Cartersville, Georgia, Bell spent the majority of his life in the deep south creating his exquisite paintings in rural South Carolina. A self taught artist, Bell described himself as "an observer of life". Bell's works are more than a representation of subject matter; they are self-evolving compositions that evoke emotion and feeling.
Even as a child, Bell had a natural desire to draw. The loss of his father at an early age was a traumatic experience that necessitated a young boy become a man before his time. Bell looked at this early call to maturity as a formative and influential time in his life. Although accepted to art school in Atlanta, famiy circumstances dictated an alternate career path that placed him in a chemical factory until he was drafted and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return from military service, he continued to work in the manufacturing and data processing enviroment for almost twenty years. His yearning to be a full time artist continued and he spent as much time as possible experimenting, learning, absorbing and studying the works of others.
The true turning point in his artistic maturity came at an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth. It was here that Bell came to the realization that truly great art is more than a simple rendering of the subject matter and that precise technique is not necessarily a hallmark of a masterpiece. Instead, the works he observed, the truly inspiring works had depth, feeling and character. They were not technically and mechanically perfect. There were not an exact representation of the subject. They were so much more. Rather, they were a human interepretation of the subject; an interpretation that elicits emotion from the observer. To Bell this was a true revelation. As a result, the influence of not only Wyet, but other greats such as Degas and Bouguereau are evident in his later works,
When talking to Bell one could not help but marvel at the sense of humility and sincerity emanating from such an outstanding artist. He truly felt his artistic skills were still in their adolescent stage. An unquenchable yearning for knowledge of new skills and techniques described William Carl Bell. He saw himself on an unwavering path of continually maturing, growing, learning and evolving in not only art, but in life as well.
His ultimate goal was to create art that was natural, pleasing to the eye - an interpretation that causes the viewer to feel an emotional association with his creations.
Bell enjoyed a great deal of regional success over the past few years. His composition featuring the state flag of South Carolina entitled "The Stately Trio" garnered sales of over 21,000 copies in less than six weeks. In viewing the works of William Carl Bell one is astonished at the diversity of styles and subject matter. He literally created something that would appeal to almost everyone. Landscapes, birds, buildngs, still life and portraits are all included in his impressive repertoire.
In recent years, portraits had become his passion. With an insatiable desire for new opportunties, Bell found portraits to be a continual challenge in successfully capturing and portraying the personality of the individual, as well as their likeness. Here, he truly exceled. His portraits have been rightfully compared to such contemporary greats as John Singer Sargent and Joesph Bowler. Bell found himself in the enviable role of being in almost constant demand for creating portraits throughout the southeast.
represents the outstanding works of a truly unique individual and
artist in William Carl Bell. Jean Bell makes available fine art prints of Bell's works through BJ Fine Arts & Gifts. These prints are produced by Jean using state-of-the-art printing equipment (giclee, high resolution, large format printers).
The inks used are high-quality pigment inks that produce a print that will last for decades.
The paper is Sunset Bright textured Fine Art 310g, 19 mil bright white/coarse texture/matte/100% wood pulp paper/FSC Certified.
The Canvas is Sunset Select Gloss Canvas - 440/22 mil bright white/35% cotton, 65% polyester blend gloss canvas.
Each digitally scanned original is color enhanced and reviewed by Jean prior to release. This ensures that prints are as accurate and true to the original as humanly possible.