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A Note from the Artist's Family:

Mr. Bell passed away in November 2013 at the age of 76. He leaves behind a Wife, Daughter and Granddaughter, and a long legacy of artwork. We have kept the statements from him unchanged as those words are his, and still reflect his connection to the places and people depicted in the artwork. We will continue to sell prints until the supply is exhausted. We still have a few original paintings for sale. Of course there will be no new original artwork. We appreciate you looking. Please contact us if you have questions about any of the artwork.

Artist Statement


As a child I was shown how to draw stick figures to keep me entertained while my mother went about her chores. This sparked a fascination with the arts that has lasted throughout my lifetime and taken me through several professional careers: illustrator, product designer and fabric designer to name a few.

artist john bell jr fort smith artist One of the most interesting projects involved participating on a special committee for the National Endowment for the Arts. Our task was to organize a city-wide art festival, in Washington DC. The exhibit was composed of artists from around the United States to celebrate the inauguration of Jimmy Carter. I was privileged to be one of the exhibitors.

Although I have visited our country from coast to coast, I was born and raised in Arkansas. I have a keen appreciation for the beauty of our state and the character of her people; and as a result, most of my paintings consist of Arkansas scenery and turn of the century Arkansas cityscapes. Old postcards, early photographs and on site photography are part of the research into each composition.

All of these elements are combined to capture a moment in time that you can almost remember even though you may have never been there.

All of these subjects are available as signed and numbered limited edition prints in giclee on canvas or fine art paper.


To order please contact:

David Gates
dmgates@cox.net
479-285-0569

Lisa Murphy
(John Bell, Jr.'s daughter)
lsmurphy168@gmail.com
501-548-1237

Maxine (Tincher) Bell
(John Bell, Jr's widow)
johnbellarts@sbcgobal.net
479-783-6542
479-883-3984