William Bell: Beauty & Demise Artist Spotlight

William Bell is a visual artist based in Nashville, TN. We’re delighted to feature his work as the first in our official Beauty & Demise Collection.

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How would you describe your artistic background?

Self-taught.

Who or what do you consider the biggest influences on your work?

James Jean – I was given a book of his prints entitled Kindling when I was 18 and it was the first time that I really began appreciating visual art. Jean’s art was the gateway drug that led me to explore artists and art and ultimately towards making my own. David Choe – Choe has this incredibly aggressive and chaotic style to his art and life. He is completely unapologetic about everything he does and there’s a confidence in his work which I admire.

What was the inspiration behind this particular design?

This design was inspired by a relationship with someone that was visually beautiful but absolutely broken on the inside. The juxtaposition of beauty and demise was almost cliché in the poetic way it played out in this individual’s life. The initial image of the black outline with gold inlays is representative of the person whose life has been marred by hardship and yet they contain an inner light that gives their life structure and beauty. On the other hand, there are people that outwardly are radiant, like gold, and yet contain an inner blackness which leads to their demise. I wanted to look at what makes up the substance of a human versus the structure of an image.

Has music played a role in your creative development or process?

I’m a huge fan of music and, like art, enjoy seeking out and experiencing new bands and records. Music is a constant throughout my day.

Would you rather listen to a shit-faced orchestra perform Wonderwall or a shit-faced Oasis perform Beethoven?

If you managed to get a drunk Noel and Liam Gallagher in the same room together, hands down that’s a better show than anything else, whether they ever played a single note or not.

Where can people find more of your work and keep tabs on your current projects?

Instagram @_W_C_B_ and my website www.wcbdesigns.com