John Bell

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Looking North from Barassie on a Bright Spring Afternoon

January on the North Shore at Troon

Dunes and Clouds, Irvine

John Bell Artist

John Bell was born in Ayr in 1968 but was brought up on the east coast, in Fife. He painted from a young age but chose to pursue a career in Architecture, graduating from The Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 1993. He has worked as an architect since then but has continued to paint and exhibit his work around Scotland and beyond.

John works in oils and paints landscapes and seascapes around Scotland. His subjects are often along the Ayrshire coast near his home in Troon, where the expansive shoreline and the ever changing weather provide unlimited subject matter. He is interested in the quality of light and colour in the Scottish landscape, particularly the sky, which often dominates his paintings. His brushwork and use of colour capture the movement of the cloud and the effect of the light on the land and the sea.


  • Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
  • The Framework Gallery, Troon
  • Overt Gallery, Newmilns
  • The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
  • The Beresford Gallery, Ayr
  • Arran Art Gallery
  • Red Rag Gallery
  • Waverley Gallery, Prestwick
  • Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
  • Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh


  • Glasgow Art Fair, 2003
  • Edinburgh Art Fair, 2010
  • Mixed Exhibition, The Gatehouse Gallery, Feb 2011
  • Mixed Exhibition, The Framework Gallery, March 2011
  • Paisley Art Institute, 2011
  • Scottish Society of Architect Artists, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr, 2011 (Best Work Award)
  • Summer Exhibition, Overt Gallery, 2011
  • Mixed Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, August 2011
  • Scottish Exhibition, Red Rag Gallery, August 2011
  • Christmas Exhibition,, 2011
  • Christmas Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, 2011
  • Christmas Exhibition, Overt Gallery, 2011
  • Hansel Foundation, Little Paintings Exhibition, April 2012
  • Paisley Art Institute, 2012
  • Mixed Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, June 2012
  • Scottish Exhibition, Red Rag Gallery, Summer 2012
  • Scottish Society of Architect Artists Annual Exhibition, July 2012
  • Ayr Sketch Club Annual Exhibition, July 2012
  • Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, London, July 2012
  • Solo Exhibition, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, October 2012
  • Save the Children Annual Exhibition, Roselle, October 2012
  • Christmas Exhibition,, 2012
  • Christmas Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, 2012
  • McMillan Cancer Support Art Show, November 2012
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London July 2013
  • Landscape exhibition, Red rag Gallery, Spring 2014
  • Winter Exhibition, Red Rag Gallery, December 2014
  • Glasgow Art fair, Apriol 2015
  • Strathearn Gallery 21st Birthday Exhibition, February 2015
  • Scottish Exhibition, Red rag Gallery, July 2015
  • Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition, June 2017
  • North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, October 2017
  • Summer Exhibition, Scotlandart, Summer 2018


  • Paisley Art Institute
  • Ayr Sketch Club
  • Scottish Society of Architect Artists