Born in Australia, he studied at the Melbourne Gallery School (under McCubbin) and also in Paris with Laurens. Bell worked in St Ives for a year in 1909, and then for several years in Chelsea, London. Strongly influenced by post-Impressionism, he became a war artist in WWI. Back in Australia in the 1920s, he taught as a leader of the Modern Movement, and became an influential critic.
Painter of landscapes; critic
Cros (1984) The Shining Sands
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p313)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1901-10 list pp 213-4)