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Artist John Bell

I met John Bell a few months back and was pleased to know that he was the artist behind a favorite piece of mine hanging on a best friend’s wall. Bell is what I’d call an art satoralist. His style is contemporary and mixed but never straying from poking at and exploring the values of the modern culture and society in which we all call home. How excuses for actions not only at the personal level but also at the cultural and government level are in abundant yet, accountability is low. He tackles modern cultural memes and surprisingly his work, though brash, has a softness about it captured in the truth it depicts on canvas, whatever that canvas might be.

Bell has worked in all kinds of mediums and has explored all kinds of cultural happenings from environmentalism to celebrity culture. Like it or not his work is bright, bold and his headlines can’t help but make you smile. Personally, I’m a lover of mixed media pieces, where layers and layers come together to form something special, yet unique from all the individual pieces brought together to make it whole. John is a master of the mixed media piece, personally describing his style as a, postmodern mashup, which I think hits the nail right on the head.

One of Bell’s explorations that I find incredibly interesting is his dinner series, the third of which was aptly called , “The Next Supper”. Held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Bell explored the connection between viewer, art and expression blurring all the traditional line and rules by asking his guests to join in, which in turn became the subjects as museum goers could watch the entire dinner unfold in the main gallery. As dinner was being served the guest could add to the canvas, the tablecloth, which was already started by Bell with provoking imagery and words. They were encouraged to use anything they had access to on the table. The result was an inspiring and surprising mix as civilized adults turned primal using food, candles, burnt corkscrews and wine to create. This is just one example of how Bell really pushes the envelope using culturally hot movements, this time the family style dinner, to explore something new. Take a peak below at some shots from that night as well as a few favorite pieces of mine.

To check out the rest of John Bell’s work jump over to his site.

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How it all began.

Two years ago the idea of shethehuntress.com was born out of deep personal reflection. I was working 80 hour weeks on the normal and had lost sight of the very thing that brought me to go back to school to create a new life for myself and at the time retire from competitive show jumping. Once again, I had lost my creativity. I tend to throw myself into work at an aggressive pace becoming obsessed by results and driven by success metrics.  This is no ones fault but my own and as I grow up I’m becoming quicker at seeing the warning signs. But out of conflict comes positive growth. So today, I am extremely excited to launch my person project to the world. She The Huntress.

Probably only a few people are ever going to read this post but it is important to me to reflect and remember on why it came to being. I look at so much content every day and I’m constantly inspired and impressed by the amount of talent that is around us. Instead of all these beautiful images just being captured in a fleeting moment, I will share them here for us all to enjoy. My personal aesthetic of what I think is beautiful, special and unique.

Here’s a look behind the curtain at a sketch I drew in those initial brainstorming sessions. Pretty darn close to where it ended up.

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