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Historical Artist - Graham Bell (1753 - 1839)

Graham Bell was born in South Africa and moved to England in 1931 to study under Duncan Grant. He initially painted abstracts but switched his career path to journalism from 1934 to 1937. Eventually returning to painting, Bell began working in a naturalist style similar to the artists of the Euston Road School. He died during World War II while on a training flight. He studied at the Durban Art School and held first one-man exhibition at the City Hall in Durban in 1931.

In 1937, along with William Coldstream, Lawrence Gowing, Rodrigo Moynihan, Victor Pasmore and Claude Rogers, Bell was one of the founders of the Euston Road School. This modern British realist group of painters all either taught or studied at the school of painting and drawing which they set up at 316 Euston Road in London. They were consciously reacting against avant-garde styles and asserting the importance of painting traditional subjects in a realist manner. This attitude was largely based on a political agenda to create a widely understandable and socially relevant art.

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