About Ingrid Bell, Artist

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.

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Forming new identities in distant lands is part of my trans-generational pattern that informs my life and art practice.

As an artist and psychotherapist, I have worked with the mind-body as a container of experience, where all elements of heritage, language culture and place merge.

Some of these aspects can be seen throughout my art works in the form of the figure and the natural world. Flower motifs symbolise place of origin and are either stand alone images or imposed with the figure to represent a combination of somatic experience and place.