Christine Bell-Pearson

A renowned ceramicist and painter, Bell-Pearson produces work across a range of different media, often inserting photographic representations of her ceramic and pottery works into mixed media works on canvas as a self-referential comment on the nature of artistic production and the history of culture. Hints of the museological and archaeological abound in her work and her use of text in multiple languages (including French, German, Greek, mathematical formulae and chemical equations) serves to illuminate the many and varied ways in which truth can be discovered, examined and related.
According to Bell-Pearson, 'ceramics as markers of history and the land as container of vessels are of particular interest in the light of New Zealand's history. The gendered visual language of ceramics is of concern within the work as is the dichotomy between visual and verbal.'

NDD/BA Hons. Painting and Ceramics, York
Short-term study (ceramics) Antibes , France .
Royal College of Art, London (research)
Nelson Polytechnic NZIManagement units.
MA Fine Art, Leicester .
Grad. Dip. Art History, Vic. Wellington.

Art Forum , Singapore .
Biennale International de Ceramique De Art, Vallauris , France .
Villas Gallery, Wellington .
Crafts Person of the Month Crafts Council Gallery NZ.
Fletcher Challenge, Auckland Museum .
‘Human Touch’ Rotorua Museum .
Edinburgh University .
JR Fryer Gallery SoHo , New York .
NZ Exhibition, Opus Gallery, London .
International Exhibition, Faenza , Italy .
Pacific Rim Gallery , California .
Contemporary Applied Arts, Summer Exhibition.
Jewell and Roberts Gallery , UK .
British Airways ‘Outstanding Talent’, London
International Ceramics Exhibition, Lousanne , Switzerland .
Egyptian Triennial, Cairo , Egypt .
Merylyn Savill Gallery, Wellington NZ.
Milford Galleries, Dunedin , NZ
Whakatane Museum .
Sydney Art Fair, Australia .
Orfali Gallery, Amman , Jordan .
Invited to exhibit at Florence Biennale, Italy .

National Bank, NZ
Andrew Grima, London .
Green Gallery, Tokyo .
Lotteries Commission.
Otago University .
Hotel Central, Christchurch .
CDL Systems Ltd.
Taylor Investments Ltd.
Inscape Design.
‘Taylormade’ TV Productions.
Millennium Hotel Queenstown.
ANZ Bank.
Mico Wakefield Ltd.
Nabisco NZ.
NZ Insurance.
Southern Cross.
Work held in private collections throughout the world.

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Govt. gifts for overseas dignitaries.
Fletcher Challenge Ltd. (presentation pieces), Japan .
Castelli Museum and Art Institute collection, Italy .
Designed and made props for TV productions.
Designed clothes and logo for Bibi-Sport , Italy .
Designed and made ware for restaurants, London .
Worked extensively with interior designers.
New Zealand National Film Unit.
Ceramic Projects, York .
Chelsea Pottery, Kings Road , London .
Held membership with Contemporary Applied Arts, London .
Member of Advisory Committee setting up Certificate in Craft Design, Nelson Polytechnic, NZ.
Co-ordinator and Tutor, Nelson Polytechnic.
Place Of Birth


Works by this Artist