Jay Bell is California based artist who was born in Allentown, PA and was raised in Long Branch, NJ.  The inspiration for his work comes from the emotional, physical and metaphysical connections that we have with the land and people around us.  In his paintings and installations, Jay utilizes traditional Western conventions and formats to explore contemporary themes around migration, movement, destination and transition.   Jay looks for universal points of connection and engagement in his vibrant paintings.

Jay lives in Southern California with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.


2022- Mini’s, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA

2022- Collector’s Choice, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

2021- Biennial, Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA

2020- Landscapes of the Mind, First Floor Gallery, Santa Clarita, CA

2020-Regional Invitational, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA

2020- Bulletin Boards- Coffee Coffee Gallery, Leucadia, CA

2019- Partita II, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2019- Promised Land Installation- LACC, Los Angeles, CA

2019- Gala, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA

2019- Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019- Artists Helping Artists, Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside, CA

2018- Journey, Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside, CA

2017- Recent Works, Tamayo Gallery, Los Angeles

1996- The Soho Annual, 420 West Broadway, NYC

1996- Exposed, Stowe, Vermont-1996


Patty Booth-O’Neill, “LB Native “Promised Land Art Benefits LA Not for Profit”, The Link News, December 27, 2019

Tawney McCray, “Artists New Installation is a Comment on Lack of Art Spaces”, Coast News, December 20, 2019

Tawney McCray, “Artists New Installation is a Comment on Lack of Art Spaces”, Rancho Santa Fe News, December 20, 2019

Roberta Smith, “Culture and Commerce Live Side by Side in SoHo”, New York Times, September 13, 1996


1996 Residency, Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT

1996 BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY




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