Bael - new solo show at Signal Gallery
DIE TIERE (The Beasts), a new solo show by Bael (aka Michael James Bell), is on display at Signal Gallery until February 5, 2011.
Still in the early stages of his career, Bael’s work has a confidence and clarity that many other, more experienced artists would envy.
Having briefly flirted with an art college education, Bael found the whole experience less than inspiring and decided to go it alone. The results seem to have proved that this was a wise decision.
Looking at his intense, spare, highly personal artwork you have the distinct impression that they would not have been produced with such single-mindedness, if he had been bombarded with the ideas and prejudices inherent in an art college education.
Die Tiere is the culmination of all this lifelong passion for drawing. The title was chosen for two reasons. Firstly, as the artist says: “The use of a German title derives from the influence that German/Austrian expressionism has on my art. My earliest and most long-lasting influences are artists such as Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and Max Beckmann”.
Secondly, the work in the show is based on the blurring of the boundaries between humans and other animals. As Bael explains: “The figures are caught in animalistic poses and have physical characteristics from the animal kingdom. My belief is that all complex human emotions are routed in the primal part of our being”.
Having previously shown at Signal Gallery in a number of group shows, the response to Bael’s work has been very positive. He has also shown across the North of England.
Signal Gallery, Unit B, Lower ground floor, Zetland House, 32 Paul Street, Hoxton, London, EC2A 4LB.
Tel: 07766 057 212.