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Local Newcastle artist, Michael Bell takes out Kilgour Prize 2020

Local Mambo artist and art teacher, Michael Bell, has been announced as the winner of Newcastle’s prestigious Kilgour Prize. Bell’s enchanting double self-portrait saw him selected from an entry pool of more than 350 artists as the recipient of the $50,000 art prize, announced on Friday July 31st.

Judges were impressed by the intricate composition of Bell’s work, Starting The after party (Two self-portraits) 2020, which depicts the artist standing in front of his 2019 piece The after party, which was a finalist for the Kilgour Prize 2019.

Newcastle Art Gallery Director, Lauretta Morton, said Bell’s reception of the award is a wonderful acknowledgement of a much-loved and highly respected local artist,

“Michael Bell’s career spans over 30 years. A teacher at the Newcastle Art School, Bell has been included as a finalist in exhibitions such as The Archibald Prize, The Sulman Prize and the KILGOUR PRIZE. Bell has also designed for iconic Australian brands such as Triple J and surf label Mambo Australia,” Ms. Morton said.
Michael BELL Starting The after party (Two self-portraits) 2020 oil and charcoal on canvas 130.0 x 170.0cm Artist collection Courtesy the artist
Michael BELL Starting The after party (Two self-portraits) 2020 oil and charcoal on canvas 130.0 x 170.0cm Artist collection Courtesy the artist

The Kilgour Prize 2020 exhibition showcases the 30 finalists and is on display at Newcastle Art Gallery from 1 August to 15 November 2020.

Newcastle Art Gallery

1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300

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