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Bell lives and works in Magaliesburg and Johannesburg. She completed her BA (Hons) in Fine Arts, and an MAFA at the University of the Witwatersrand.

She became interested in art as an object of power, and initially explored this through clay, while her paintings remained rooted in the traditions of the West. However, an interest in African barbershop posters suggested a way of working with a poetic metaphor that moved outside the narrative and logical space that she had used in her paintings, such as Hand across water - barber shop poster IV.

"I combined this with unlocalised patches of collaged colour, and a juxtaposition of artefacts and personal symbols – a self-portrait with a flash of light on one side and a hand across a bowl. For me, the hand is suggestive of prayer and the bowl (usually filled with water) symbolises the earth."

Hand across the water - barber shop poster IV,
mixed media on paper, 160 x 120cm, 1996
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa