Alison Bell makes sculptures that touch the free spirit in us, most often through memories of childhood. She is drawn to the times when we lived and played in our own imagination, unobserved, scaling fortresses and standing on the ramparts as kings of the castle, or sometimes just quietly inventing our own worlds.
Bellís work is essentially figurative and rooted in her early practice as a portrait sculptor. While the truth of the figure is important to her, she aims to evoke the moment - the energy, the glee, our curiosity, the tenderness in our hearts.
Bell works freely and quickly in wax, observing and remembering. She then refines each piece before casting in bronze.
Bell spent a year at Glasgow School of Art and has a degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Glasgow. Her training came from her time at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios in the 1990s, learning traditional skills alongside established artists.
Alison Bell was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1997.