Trevor Bell was born in Leeds and studied at the College of Art there. In the early 1950's he was a leading member of the artists working in St Ives. In 1958 he had a commercially successful one-man exhibition at the Waddington Galleries in London and he was awarded the Paris Bienniale International Painting Prize and an Italian Government Scholarship. He later became a Gregory fellow in painting at Leeds University.
After a large travelling retrospective in Scotland, Ireland and Englan
d in 1970 and a major one-man show at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1973, Bell established a studio in Tallahasse, Florida. He has lived and worked in England, France, Italy and Canada. He has been a regular exhibitor in private galleries in Miami, Atlanta and Chicago, and has works purchased and commissioned in numerous international museums, public and private collections.
He returned to the UK in 1996 and has exhibited two large-scale paintings at the Tate Gallery, St Ives, and in 2000 held a major exhibition at the North Light Gallery in Huddersfield. His home and studios are located near Penzance, Cornwall.