Richard Bell (artist)
|Works||Scientia E Metaphysica (Bell's Theorem)|
|Awards||National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award|
Bell came to the attention of the wider community after his painting Scientia E Metaphysica (Bell's Theorem) won the 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. With the text "Aboriginal Art — It's A White Thing" prominently featured across the 240×240 cm work, it was a winner that divided the room on both political and aesthetic grounds. It was taken literally in some quarters and seen as an attack on other artists. Others saw it as an honest statement of things as they are in the eyes of this artist, and possibly something no one else has had the guts to state quite so publicly before. Many others employed uncomfortable laughter to hide behind.
In 2006, the Queensland art critic Rex Butler profiled his work for Australian Art Collector magazine.
Richard currently lives in Brisbane, Queensland.
Richard Bell caused controversy in April 2011 after revealing that he selected the winner of the prestigious Sulman Art Prize through the toss of a coin.
In March 2012, Bell won a court case against a person that had issued a take-down notice in 2011, for "unjustifiable threats of copyright infringement", and was awarded $147,000 in damages, setting "an important precedent".
In 2013 he started presenting a TV series called Colour Theory with Richard Bell.
- Rex Butler, Psychoanalysis, Australian Art Collector, Issue 38 Oct–Dec 2006.
- The hand of fate: how this painting won $20,000 on the toss of a coin, The Age, April 24, 2011
- Well-known Australian artist receives damages award for unjustifiable threats of copyright infringement, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, 23/03/2012
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