John Bell was born in Ayr, in 1968 and was brought up in Fife. He painted from a young age but chose to pursue a career in Architecture, graduating from The Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 1993. He has worked as an architect since then but has continued to paint and exhibit work having undergone further study at Glasgow School of Art.

John paints landscapes and seascapes around Scotland, often along the Ayrshire coast near his home in Troon and the coast of Fife. Whether he is painting a street or a harbour or an expansive shoreline, his carefully composed oil paintings are always atmospheric. He is interested in the extremes of light and colour in the Scottish landscape but his colours are often subtle, reflecting the coolness of the northern light. He is interested in the influence of the constantly changing weather, which can transform the mood in a moment. The sky often dominates his paintings and he uses bold brushwork to express the form and movement of cloud.


  • Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
  • The Framework Gallery, Troon
  • Overt Gallery, Newmilns
  • The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
  • The Beresford Gallery, Ayr
  • Arran Art Gallery
  • Red Rag Gallery
  • Waverley Gallery, Prestwick
  • Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire


  • Glasgow Art Fair, 2003
  • Edinburgh Art Fair, 2010
  • Mixed Exhibition, The Gatehouse Gallery, Feb 2011
  • Mixed Exhibition, The Framework Gallery, March 2011
  • Paisley Art Institute, 2011
  • Scottish Society of Architect Artists, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr, 2011 (Best Work Award)
  • Summer Exhibition, Overt Gallery, 2011
  • Mixed Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, August 2011
  • Scottish Exhibition, Red Rag Gallery, August 2011
  • Christmas Exhibition,, 2011
  • Christmas Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, 2011
  • Christmas Exhibition, Overt Gallery, 2011
  • Hansel Foundation, Little Paintings Exhibition, April 2012
  • Paisley Art Institute, 2012
  • Mixed Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, June 2012
  • Scottish Exhibition, Red Rag Gallery, Summer 2012
  • Scottish Society of Architect Artists Annual Exhibition, July 2012
  • Ayr Sketch Club Annual Exhibition, July 2012
  • Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, London, July 2012
  • Solo Exhibition, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, October 2012
  • Save the Children Annual Exhibition, Roselle, October 2012
  • Christmas Exhibition,, 2012
  • Christmas Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, 2012
  • McMillan Cancer Support Art Show, November 2012


  • Paisley Art Institute
  • Ayr Sketch Club
  • Scottish Society of Architect Artists