Judith Bell

Artist Member

Judith was born and brought up in Paisley but subsequently moved to Edinburgh where she joined the Scottish Arts Club in Rutland Square. Attending evening art classes at the College of Art and oil painting at the SAC she developed her artistic skills. Now she regularly exhibits in their member’s exhibitions and in 2022 she had her first solo exhibition. In the same year she was shortlisted for the Highland Art prize which was part of the Perth MOD. In 2019 Judith completed a Postgraduate degree in the History of Art at Edinburgh University. Her dissertation was on the Paisley Art Institute, an obvious choice considering her connections through her father John McIntyre PAI.  

Art history was another interest and she wrote an article for the Scottish Society for the History of Photography on Sir John Lavery and his association with Paisley. She also presented a paper on Scottish Cultural Connections for the Scottish National Gallery. Judith paints mainly in acrylic and oil and is influenced by the strong light and vibrant colours of the Scottish Colourists as well as the composition elements as used by Mary Armour. Her still life paintings also often include objects of personal significance and flowers from her own garden. Judith is delighted to have been accepted as an Artist member of the Paisley Art Institute and looks forward to continuing to develop her own style of painting in the future.