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            CRESSIDA BELL: TREES & FLOWERS & FABRIC DESIGNS                  
September 12 - October 20, 2018



​CRESSIDA BELL (born 1959)
Flower Vase
Latex paint, watercolor, and penl on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
Executed in 2013
DLA-5984

CRESSIDA BELL (born 1959)
Dawn with Doves
Latex paint, watercolor, and pen on paper, 10 1/16 x 13 15/16 inches
Executed in 2013
DLA-5993

​CRESSIDA BELL (born 1959)
Textile Design: Circles
Latex paint on paper, 8 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches
DLA-3489

​CRESSIDA BELL (born 1959)
Room
Latex paint and pen on paper, 10 x 6 7/8 inches
Executed in 2003
DLA-4748

​CRESSIDA BELL (born 1959)
Untitled
Print in textile dyes on paper, 8 11/16 x 10 5/16 inches
Executed in 2010
DLA-5495

Cressida Bell, born in 1959, is a successful designer and illustrator specializing in textiles and interiors. She studied fashion and textile design at St. Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In her studio in London she designs accessories for men and women as well as decorative cakes, and objects and textiles for the home.  

Bell characterizes her style as "meticulous and highly decorative." She draws on a variety of influences including Indian and African sources, and has long been inspired by her Bloomsbury forebears. She is a direct descendant of major members of the Bloomsbury group: her grandmother was the artist Vanessa Bell and her grandfather the critic Clive Bell; her great-aunt the author Virginia Woolf; her father the critic, author and artist Quentin Bell. Her visits to Charleston, her grandmother’s home, exposed Cressida Bell to paintings, wall murals, stained glass and textiles all designed by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, forming lasting impact on her work.

Cressida Bell authored a book, Cressida Bell: The Decorative Painter, published in 1996, and she has taught various courses on design Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and television programs. She has designed interiors for private individuals as well as corporations, including Zoo Studios, a recording studio in London. She has also designed scarves for the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 



​CRESSIDA BELL (born 1959)
Charleston Pond: Design for Charleston Centenary
Latex paint on paper, 11 7/8 x 7 15/16 inches
Executed in March 2016
DLA-6249