Artist John Bell will exhibit select work at the Aqua Art Fair at the Aqua Hotel in Miami Beach during the renowned international art fair, Art Basel, December 2 - December 5, 2010, room 205. A preview opening on December 1, 2010 will be sponsored by Modern Painters. Bell returns to Miami for the third consecutive year. Miami-based Cancio Contemporary represents Bell in Miami/New York and will display several hallmark works by the artist during the four day fair.
Bell is a nationally emerging artist who explores multiple movements of contemporary art all at once, creating a distinctive painting style that comments broadly on sociopolitical issues, the impact of social media, and the ever-fluctuating values of contemporary American culture. Bell, lauded as an “indiscriminate genre-blender” fuses abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop art as well as many other artistic styles. He employs recurring images of iconic popular culture, snippets of news feeds, and social media references. Bell’s imagery is set against a pop inspired color palette, hard-edge, tense geometric lines and ethereal back grounds. His work has been placed in many private collections throughout the U.S. and has exhibited in countless group and solo exhibitions, including Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel, (Miami), New York’s Time Warner Center, Southern Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City, UT.
Bell’s work has been profiled in the national art magazine Blue Canvas (Los Angeles), a cover editorial in Seven Magazine (Las Vegas), entitled Beyond Pop; The man and message behind the paint. His work and mid century home have also been highlighted in the Los Angeles-based, lifestyle, and culture-centric 944 Magazine and in a cover article in Utah Style and Design. He has been hailed as an “artist on the rise” by Salt Lake Magazine. He has received numerous acknowledgments and reviews in NY Art World, Blackbook, City Weekly, Salt Lake City, Seven and Deseret Companion magazines as well as a host of online publications. He is represented by Mondo Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, Cancio Contemporary, Miami/New York.
About Cancio Contemporary
Miami-based Cancio Contemporary was founded by Luky Cancio in 2003 who is a private dealer, art consultant and independent curator working in Miami and New York. Cancio Contemporary represents international contemporary, emerging and mid-career artists working in various mediums from painting, photography, and sculpture. Cancio has exhibited her stable of artists extensively at major international art fairs including; Art Miami, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel, (Miami) AAF, (New York). Working with both a national and international collector base, she has placed countless art works in both private and corporate collections. Many of her artist’s work have been placed in the MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art and the Marguiles Collection (Miami) and sold at Sloan’s Auction House (Maryland) ARCIA (Aids Research) auctions.
During her career as a private dealer and independent curator, she has curated several notable exhibitions for Hardcore, and Warehouse NOW galleries (Miami), and the Bergman Collection (Miami), and has organized many educational art salons throughout Miami. Her curatorial acumen has been sought after for several exhibitions during the renowned Art Basel international art fair. She has a formal art history and journalism education from Loyola University and has traveled extensively throughout Europe studying art history independently in Italy and France, and stateside at The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum.
Cancio Contemporary has received numerous press acknowledgements in Art in America, Art News, New York Magazine, The Lead, (Miami), Interior Design, Luxe Magazines, (Chicago) and the Los Angeles-based 944 magazine.