Seven Scars. What are your scars? What Michael Bell scars?

Seven Scars. What are your scars? What Michael Bell scars?
Isabel del Rio

Seven Scars. What are your scars? What Michael Bell scars? Today, enjoy Bell last series of paintings. Review by Isabel del Rio.


Michael Bell. Seven Scars – Scene 7 14″ X 20″ oil/paper, 2013

Scars… Some weeks ago I read that Angelina Jolie loves scars, because they represent the memory (in flesh and blood) of a strong happening. Are scars ugly? Well, maybe. But I agree with Angelina Jolie: we just learn sweating and sometimes weeping.

Michael Bell last series of paintings (oil on paper) is titled Seven Scars (yes, Seven, the magic number, why?) and he is looking for other kind of scars, the internal ones, the invisible scars that society and time leave in our souls…, and our sins keep on modeling.

We are the children of old roots, roots built on our parents ambitions and illusions, on lands of violence and love, on yellow papers of time: eros vs. thanatos? I suppose.

How happy we are on our wedding day! How happy when we earn money! Boys and girls laughing and dancing in smart pubs surrounded by dangerous people, unconscious of dangers, wanting to be part of them, in magic seven numbers which originated the world.

Life is a mystery. We dream that we are building our home, with open walls and strange pieces of furniture. We dream we are part of a great society which forgot its crimes… We dream and one day, we awake… Maybe in front of the Bridge of Brooklyn, bleeding and seeing black crows.

Yareah Magazine knows very well Michael Bell artwork. We have reviewed his paintings and appreciated his efforts to reinterpret reality on a canvas or paper (The Ticket to Ride, Honoring Amanda Todd…). He usually focuses on a real tragic event or a tough terrible biography trying to understand causes and consequences. Thus, he produces series of paintings, as a colorful novel where shadows and lights are the nouns and verbs.

Seven Scars will be soon exhibited and featured in Toni Marie Ricci new autobiographical true crime novel ‘Scars of a Real Mob Wife’. We wish the best to Michael Bell, a voice in this dull year, a thinker with Seven brush in his magic hand.

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  • Megan

    What an article! It inspires me! Thanks Isabel del Rio. And thanks Michael Bell. Love your paintings!

  • Thanks Megan. You are really nice.

    • Thank you very much Megan! So glad you were inspired. Love to hear that…let the conversations continue.

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