Don Bell has painted and illustrated wildlife art since 1990 using his experiences in the wild in game reserves of Southern Africa.
Don Bell’s Aviation Art Gallery of works for sale is situated in the Port Elizabeth SAAF Museum together with his Art Collection of permanently displayed SAAF aircraft paintings and illustrations on loan to the museum.
One of Don Bell’s passions is to travel and paint the magnificent landscapes of South Africa. From the Cape Fold Mountains up into the escarpments of the Little Karoo and Great Karoo, endless opportunities abound for artists and travelers.
Don Bell lives in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, part of the Nelson Mandela Metro of the Eastern Cape Province. It goes without saying that the artist has a love for the sea and endless coastline and enjoys painting these areas.
Don Bell was personally tutored and mentored in still life works by well known artist Andre’ Vancoillie.
Don Bell has painted many portraits of people, but his favourite is the large magnificent “Freedom Smile” of Nelson Mandela he did in 2002. A custom designed frame was designed and created especially by Don and his business partner, Malcolm Topper with the metalwork by well known sculptor Werner Lemmer.
Another passion of Don Bell’s is to photograph, photograph, and photograph. He never leaves home without his camera and because of this, has been able to capture and create images of every imaginable subject.
Don Bell produces many different Contemporary artwork techniques range from pen-graphic symbolism to modern stipple effect and range from architectural perspectives, engineering equipment drawings, interior décor design, exhibition displays, computer multi-media and advertising material.