Ingrid Bell lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone with an MFA in Art Society and Publics whilst maintaining her psychotherapy practice.
Early in her career she won the prestigious Monbusho Japanese scholarship to study traditional woodblock printmaking at Tama art university in Tokyo, thereafter settling in Copenhagen, Denmark for ten years.
During this time she had her family, continued her own art practice and established the ‘BellFree’ gallery promoting other artists.
A few years of uninterrupted art making in southern Spain provided time for exhibitions back in Copenhagen.
Wishing to return to Britain she was fortunate enough to be awarded several stipends from the Danish government to pursue a diploma in art therapy in Edinburgh.
Ingrid continues to work both as an artist and as an art psychotherapist.
Inheriting mixed migrant status in the Industrial West Midlands of Britain, imbued an early awareness of belonging to difference, or being on the edge. Our newly built small estate hemming the industrial town comprised of neighbours from across the world. We weren’t really a community but more a diverse group of people in search of a better life. Whilst rich in multi cultural heritages the personal challenges around adapting to the loss of language and place in the world were those that left an imprint.
As an artist my subject matter has been influenced by living with and in different cultures. I feel immersed in a sense of ambiguity and the use of mixed media and varying techniques guide me through a process in services of creative expression.
My principle choice of media lies dominantly within printmaking for it’s natural propensity towards layering.