Richard Bell (artist)
|Born||1953 (age 65–66)|
|Known for||Painting, Contemporary Indigenous Australian art|
|Awards||National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award|
Richard Bell (born 1953, in Charleville, Queensland, into the Kamilaroi tribe) is an Australian artist and political activist. He is one of the founders of proppaNOW, a Brisbane-based aboriginal art collective. He lives in Brisbane, Queensland.
Bell came to the attention of the wider community after his 240×540 cm painting Scientia E Metaphysica (Bell's Theorem) won the 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. It prominently featured the text "Aboriginal Art – It's A White Thing".
In 2006, the Queensland art critic Rex Butler profiled his work for Australian Art Collector magazine.
In March 2012, Bell won a court case against a person who 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".
- Bell, Richard (14 June 2014). "The death of Queensland artist Gordon Bennett is a huge blow to the Australian contemporary art world" (Biographical note). The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Rex Butler, Psychoanalysis, Australian Art Collector, Issue 38, October–December 2006.
- "The hand of fate: how this painting won $20,000 on the toss of a coin", The Age, 24 April 2011
- "Well-known Australian artist receives damages award for unjustifiable threats of copyright infringement", Mallesons Stephen Jaques, 23 March 2012
- Colour Theory, SBS International Archived 1 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Me, Bell's self-portrait