James Williamson Bell started his career on Swan Hunter’s Ship Yard in the 1960s, finding inspiration all around him for his eclectic and diverse art. His work creates not just a portrait of working life on Tyneside, but of an artist overflowing with creativity and a drive to capture the world he lived in.
Frink’s work revolved around archetypes of masculine strength, struggle and aggression. Combined with her preoccupation with war, completing a set of illustrations for Homer’s epic Greek poems ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’ was a natural fit.
Illustration can bring words to life. It can draw viewers in and help them find their way. It can be visually appealing, or challenging and confrontational. Above all it can, and should, stand as a work of art in its own right.