Artist Statement

Native to the New England area, Andrew Anderson-Bell is a representational landscape artist painting in the medium of pastel. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Andrew initially pursued graphic design and photography. While these remain passions to this day, his interest in painting in pastel was sparked by an exhibit he saw 20 years ago. The immediacy of the medium, the vibrancy of the colors and the diversity of mark making inspired him to pursue a career in pastel painting. Where Andrew lives keeps him in daily contact with the great outdoors, his leading source for artistic inspiration.

 

He is a lifelong summer resident of North Haven Island, Maine. When not there, he lives in Ipswich, a seaside community located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Much of the subject matter of his pastel paintings depict familiar landscape scenes from North Haven as well as from his exploration of the other islands of Penobscot Bay. Meanwhile, the beaches, horse pastures, farmland and particularly salt marsh estuaries of the north shore are also captured in his landscapes. Although many of his pastel paintings are of recognizable locations, he is not concerned with generating an exact reproduction. Instead, he often works in the studio from memory, sketches and/or photographs using an intuitive process to create a heightened sense of place. Working in this fashion allows Andrew to avoid getting bogged down in details while promoting a more imaginative response to handling color and composition. His paintings offer the viewer the indulgence of a meditative space to contemplate the grandeur of nature and reinforce the notion that even the most solitary and tranquil moments have significance.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

Newburyport Art Assoc.
Newburyport, MA
2011, 2013
North Shore Art Association
Gloucester, MA
2013
Rockport Art Association
Rockport, MA
2000, 2004, 2019
North Haven Gallery
North Haven, ME
1998, 2014, 2015, 2018
Zenobia an Emporium
2014, 2016
Palmer Gallery
Hingham, MA,
2012
Marblehead Art Association
Marblehead, MA
2002, 2011, 2018
Fox Islands Gallery
North Haven, Maine
1998-2009
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Selected Group Exhibitions

 
Annisquam Art Gallery
Gloucester, MA
2013—Present
Hopkins Wharf Gallery
North Haven, ME
2011—Present
Newburyport Art Assoc.
Newburyport, MA
2011, 2013
The Landing Gallery
Rockland, Maine
2016-Present
New Era Gallery
Vinalhaven, Maine
2011—Present
North Shore Art Association
Gloucester, MA
1999—2016
Rockport Art Association
Rockport, MA
1999—Present
North Haven Gallery
North Haven, ME
1998, 2014, 2015
Zenobia an Emporium
2014 - Present
Art In The Barn
Essex Greenbelt HQ
Essex, MA
2009—Present
Marblehead Art Association
Marblehead, MA
2002, 2011, 2017
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North Shore Art Association

Gloucester, MA 1999—2016

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