Jennifer Bell

, Jennifer Bell, Manly Harbour Gallery

Jennifer Bell is an Australian contemporary artist working primarily with intricate painting and paper weaving. Her highly decorative work focuses on the experience of her visual perception, drawing attention to the pattern and detail in often overlooked objects around us.

Jennifer’s work explores pattern and visual perception influenced largely by her experience of a little known neuro-ophthalmologcal condition which means she sees patterned dots in her visual field, continuously.

These dots appear as a fine veil of dancing, kaleidoscopic colour that can never be turned off. Even on the calmest day and in the simplest of environments, surroundings that may seem static and plain to others are full of movement and decoration. Jennifer shares this unique experience of the world through her art. It may be a view not perceived by everyone, but no matter how we see the world, pattern still exists all around us both man-made and naturally occurring; from the beauty and complexity of fractals in nature to the printed fabric of your clothing.

Jennifer’s artwork often incorporates recycled materials and images of discarded and decayed objects emphasising that pattern and beauty can be found in everyday things. Understanding that beauty exists in the imperfect.

Jennifer holds a degree in fine art and during four years spent in New Zealand ran her own gallery in the picturesque Wellington suburb of Island Bay. Today she works a full time independent artist from her sunny studio and her work is represented in private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia.