Bella Easton draws her subject matter from the streets around her South London studio. Grey skies and darkness loom large and her interest lies in the space between what we see and what we feel when looking at her bleakly beautiful tableaux: bare branches splice through grey skies; streetlamps and headlights scream in the gloom; gridded high-rises soar menacingly. Working with a mix of painting and printmaking techniques, Bella’s larger works are created by layering painted or etched tiles to form repetitive patterns that are appealingly decorative, even while they are cleaved from images of urban alienation. In this way, Bella creates a tension between the glamour and the grime of city living.
Bella Easton graduated Post Graduate Diploma at The Royal Academy Schools. After graduation Bella received the M&G purchase Prize and became a Research Fellow in Printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School. Bella has been a finalist in The Celeste Prize, shortlisted for Saatchi Drawing Prize, The Threadneedle Prize and The Jessica Wilkes Award. She has exhibited internationally with a solo show in New Delhi, India with the British Council and in Japan 2001 at the Japanese Embassy as well as exhibiting regularly in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition.