Photograph of Artist ARTHUR BELL
ARTHUR BELL
San Francisco, California - United States



Original Artworks (13)

Arthur Bell; Oppressive Saturday Timbuk 3, 1992, Original Painting Oil, 25 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 . . . behind the hotel stands the town church and graveyard. . . a gaucho is coming to visit the grave of a partially buried corpse at the front of the hotel. . . there are llamas about in their red feathered hats and a monkey is riding one. . . a guy doesnaEURtmt ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1992
25 x 16 inches (63.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Arthur Bell; The Cement Ship, 1973, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 . . . the cement ship, docked at Seacliff Beach in Santa Cruz once featured a casino before the depression contributed to its demise. . . people can get a good look around as they use their flying umbrellas...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1973
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Florist Into Darkness, 1986, Original Pastel Oil, 28 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 Florist into Darknessby Arthur Bell22 X28oil and acrylic on canvas 1986Both night and day appear in the picture. . the florist, the night figure, a magical guy whose arms become his legs, is wearing my army hat. . . he is self- watering with a watering can on the ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Pastel, 1986
28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
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Arthur Bell; The Veranda, 1976, Original Painting Oil, 30 x 23 inches. Artwork description: 241 The Verandaby Arthur Bell30aEURX23 oil on masonite 1976 . . . at a cotton plantation, sitting on the veranda with marble columns, the owner relaxes in his armchair, drinking his mint julep with his necessities of footstool and spittoon at the ready, while a fair maiden entertains him ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1976
30 x 23 inches (76.2 x 58.4 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Escape Of The Rhinofly, 2017, Original Painting Oil, 21 x 32 inches. Artwork description: 241 Escape of the Rhino Flyby Arthur Bell32aEURX21oil on canvas 1982. . . the Rhino fly, painted in 1980 as aEURoeThe First Nude Exhibition of the Nude Rhino FlyaEUR was published inaEURoeHeavy MetalaEUR Oct. aEUR~81. . . here her captor is keeping her tethered as she tries to ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 2017
21 x 32 inches (53.3 x 81.3 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Waterskiing Monkeys, 1977, Original Painting Oil, 26 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Waterskiing Monkeysby Arthur Bell20aEURX26oil on canvas 1977. . . the large shaved gorilla is riding 2 dolphins wearing swim goggles. . . 3 smaller monkeys are water skiing. . . in the background , The King Cosmo Imperial Cheroot , a steam- operated kayak is sinking...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1977
26 x 20 inches (66.0 x 50.8 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Crazy Fingers, 2007, Original Painting Oil, 16 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  . . . from a song by the Grateful Dead . . . and my fingers    ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 2007
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Landscaping, 1986, Original Painting Oil, 21.5 x 26.5 inches. Artwork description: 241  . . . after returning from a trip to Forest Grove, Oregon. . . the Mexican landscapers are mowing   ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1986
21.5 x 26.5 inches (54.6 x 67.3 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Motorcycle War, 1986, Original Painting Oil, 45.5 x 32 inches. Artwork description: 241  . . . was the civil war fought on motorcycles? ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1986
45.5 x 32 inches (115.6 x 81.3 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Eye Of The Storm, 1991, Original Painting Oil, 48 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241 an impossibility- an elephant standing on one foot, a Nazi hit man is readying to shoot the elephant and the children are tryiing to stop him, there are skeletons with stereo microphones , the pink elephant is a fantod, other characters from other paintings too...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1991
48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Expulsion From The Myster..., 1989, Original Painting Oil, 38 x 27 inches. Artwork description: 241  This is a sequel to the Mystery Dance. The people who were dancing the night before have been asked to leave. ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1989
38 x 27 inches (96.5 x 68.6 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Underwater Tomb, 1973, Original Painting Oil, 18 x 19 inches. Artwork description: 241  . . . an Egyptian mummy being watched by a fish and Sam the Sham on the right ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1973
18 x 19 inches (45.7 x 48.3 cm)
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Arthur Bell; Stairway To Paradise, 1979, Original Painting Oil, 16 x 29 inches. Artwork description: 241  . . . but can you get there ? ? ? idea came from the Gershwin song title of the same name ...
Arthur Bell
Original Oil Painting, 1979
16 x 29 inches (40.6 x 73.7 cm)
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Artist Statement

I admire the eccentric artists of the 19th century, like Albert Pinkham Ryder and William Blake as well as many who were untrained and painted primitively. I’m drawn to the way light was beautifully expressed in paintings by Romantics like Eugene Delacroix and Goya.

Wordplay interests me and I can see humor in life along with the absurd. I can’t help but include some of that in my paintings. Since having a stroke, I moved to Laguna Honda Hospital and have been telling friends this address sounds like a car dealership (which I hope would not be held against me by Saab specialists) . Like Simon on the Monty Python BBC series, “I like to draw pitchers”. I’ve reread Jules Verne again, more recently, “The Sphinx of the Ice Fields: A Sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym” after which I made a painting in 1977.
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