Julian Bell is a painter living in Lewes, Sussex. Besides painting, he writes about art for various magazines and has also written several books including What is Painting? Representation and Modern Art (1999) and Mirror of the World: A New History of Art (2007).

CURRENT   Security is Julian's first solo exhibition in London for six years. It opens at the Mercer Chance Gallery, 253 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG on Thursday 3 November and continues till 17 November. Security presents new figure paintings based on present-day life. (Title image: see right.) It also includes a selection from 2015's Genesis sequence. (See directly below.) Gallery website: www.mercerchance.co.uk

CURRENT    Julian's book Genesis is now on sale. Beautifully printed and bound, it presents his sequence of 37 paintings responding to the first book of the Bible, a sequence exhibited at St Anne's Galleries in June 2015. (The first four paintings are shown right.) 'How imaginative, indeed how boldly original are his pictures, and how varied!' writes David Carrier, reviewing the book for New York's Artcritical. A collector's edition including an etching by Julian (Jacob Wrestling, also shown right) is available. To purchase, go to St Anne's Galleries.  

CURRENT   Julian has recently completed his portrait of the songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. (Scroll down to the right.) The painting, done in a series of sittings over the past two years, salutes a musician whose art has inspired and influenced Julian throughout his career.

PAINTINGS UP TO 2014     Paintings of Julian's owned by collectors are grouped here under the categories Land and Road; Room and Window; He, She, They; Sky, Wall, Earth and Stories. All Julian's unsold work up to March 2014 was destroyed when the building housing his studio caught fire on the 29th of that month. (For details of this, see Julian's article When fire claims a lifetime's work - The Guardian.) The work that was destroyed is shown under the category Ex-paintings.


Julian's biography of the most legendary of modern artists, Vincent van Gogh: A Power Seething, was published in the USA by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. It has been enthusiastically reviewed:

New York Times   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/books/review/van-gogh-by-julian-bell

New York Review of Books  http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/feb/05/van-gogh-courage-and-cunning

Washington Post  http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-review-van-gogh-a-power-seething-by-julian-bell

Wall Street Journal   http://www.wsj.com/articles/book-review-van-gogh-a-power-seething-by-julian-bell