Mark Crofton Bell: The Mom Project

Mark Crofton Bell, E. B. May 6 (detail), 2018, oil on board. Image courtesy of artist.

Mark Crofton Bell: The Mom Project

March 25 – June 17, 2023
Cambridge Art Galleries, Preston

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25, 2023

The Mom Project is a series of small oil on board portraits of my mother that I painted from observation during the final years of her life. The paintings offer a glimpse into the aging process and the systems of care that surround our aging population. The idea to paint portraits of her evolved simply out of a way of spending time together.

Toronto-based artist Mark Crofton Bell has exhibited his paintings and wall works across Canada in various artist-run centres, public and commercial galleries including The Art Gallery of Ontario, Blackwood Gallery, The Kenderdine Art Gallery, Mercer Union, The Eastern Edge and Stride Gallery. Internationally he has attended residencies and exhibited in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria and Macedonia. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and received his MA from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. He teaches painting at Sheridan College in Oakville. Mark Crofton Bell is represented in Toronto by General Hardware Contemporary.

Related Workshops:
Understanding Grief: March 30, 2023
Migration of Identity: April 13, 2023
Drawing for People That Don’t Draw: April 29, 2023
Self Care and Grief: May 20, 2023

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