Trevor Bell (1930 - 2017)Born in Leeds to Harold Bell, a sales representative for a chemicals firm, and his wife Elizabeth, a teacher, Bell's artistic talent was encouraged by both parents. He studied at the College of Art in Leeds and was encourage by fellow artist Terry Frost, who was then at Leeds University, to travel to St Ives and focus on his painting. Arriving there in 1955, Bell soon met the leading figures of the town's burgeoning artistic community and shared a studio with the sculptor Brian Wall in the basement of the St Ives seamen's mission. Bell quickly found opportunities and recognition. In the catalogue for his first solo exhibition, at the Waddington Gallery, London in 1958, Patrick Heron described him as "the best non-figurative painter under 30". He went on to have great success in the USA, the huge paintings that he produced there being included in a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1973. Included in Tate St Ives' opening displays in 1993, Bell benefitted from the renewal of interest in British modernist art that followed.