Southwell Minster is hosting its first art exhibition of the year from 2nd to 28th February and the artist is a West Bridgford resident.
Entitled ‘A Nativity for a New Year and Other Paintings’, the exhibition of more than 30 original works – predominantly in the North Transept – is by local artist Jennifer Bell, who is a freelance self-taught mural painter by profession.
Jennifer took a fine art degree in sculpture at Loughborough and has worked in advertising and book illustration.
“Though I love the challenges of painting murals and interpreting clients’ ideas, I have been wanting to take some time out of the commercial work to produce something that was more personal to me,” said Jennifer.
“More and more I find I want to explore the metaphors of faith, the crossover between the real world and the spiritual – and produce paintings with a traditional realist (even trompe l’oeil) approach that might start out with a Biblical title or narrative, but could end up in a different place.
“I enjoy symbolism and making visual puns; even a straightforward still life should have an extra dimension with clues to follow.”
The title painting is ‘A Nativity for a New Year’; a large triptych on board (a portable mural) that she produced for an Advent event at her parish church of St Giles’ West Bridgford, in 2008.
Jennifer added: “The middle section is the traditional Nativity story, the left-hand side illustrates the Isaiah prophecy foretelling peace on earth, and the right hand side wonders about whether peace comes before the giving up of arms, or vice-versa…the chicken and egg quandary, hence the presence of three French Hens. Look for the smashed eggs – you can’t make omelettes …etc.”
To find out more about Jennifer and her work visit www.campionbell.com