Bella Green

Oils and acrylics on canvas: My delight is colour and pattern. To create visual tension and narrative I use multiple viewpoints and perspectives and different degrees of representation such as graphic elements contrasted with modeled forms. I build the paintings in many layers considering each area of the surface and distilling and refining the colours, textures and relationships of forms. This is an intuitive process and although I use some preparatory drawings, I allow the work to develop beyond these.
Tango paintings & prints: One of my favourite themes comes from the experience of learning Argentine tango dancing. I was first captivated by it in Italy where I saw dancers doing a move I now know as a ‘gancho’ – ‘a hook’ – from that moment I was hooked, and I have been dancing now for over 10 years. My own dancing and the experience of how it feels in my body is the essential ingredient I need to make these drawings. When I attend milongas (social dances) I observe others dancing and sometimes sketch on the spot. I also take photographs and use videos to record what I see. All of these sources form the basis for my works. These quick gestural works in gouache (opaque watercolour) aim to express the energy and movement of the dance and the relationship of the partners in the embrace.
About Bella: I live  and work in Dumfriesshire in SW Scotland. My training was a Fine Art Painting BA (Hons) at Norwich School of art. and an ATD at Leicester University. I taught in art colleges for many years, most recently  till 2005, at the Royal College of Art, London. I now paint full time. I have been a Professional elected member of Visual Arts Scotland since 1992 and exhibit widely.

Oils and acrylics on canvas: My delight is colour and pattern. To create visual tension and narrative I use multiple viewpoints and perspectives and different degrees of representation such as graphic elements contrasted with modeled forms. I build the paintings in many layers considering each area of the surface and distilling and refining the colours, textures and relationships of forms. This is an intuitive process and although I use some preparatory drawings, I allow the work to develop beyond these.

Tango paintings & prints: One of my favourite themes comes from the experience of learning Argentine tango dancing. I was first captivated by it in Italy where I saw dancers doing a move I now know as a ‘gancho’ - ‘a hook’ - from that moment I was hooked, and I have been dancing now for over 10 years. My own dancing and the experience of how it feels in my body is the essential ingredient I need to make these drawings. When I attend milongas (social dances) I observe others dancing and sometimes sketch on the spot. I also take photographs and use videos to record what I see. All of these sources form the basis for my works. These quick gestural works in gouache (opaque watercolour) aim to express the energy and movement of the dance and the relationship of the partners in the embrace.

About Bella: I live  and work in Dumfriesshire in SW Scotland. My training was a Fine Art Painting BA (Hons) at Norwich School of art. and an ATD at Leicester University. I taught in art colleges for many years, most recently  till 2005, at the Royal College of Art, London. I now paint full time. I have been a Professional elected member of Visual Arts Scotland since 1992 and exhibit widely.

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