Cecil Bell Biography

Cecil Bell

American

1906-1970

Biography

Cecil Crosley Bell was born in Seattle, WA on July 15, 1906. In 1925 he took a job at the Tacoma Engraving and, in 1928 studied printmaking at the Chicago Art Institute in the fall semester. After marrying Agatha Lewis in 1929 the newlyweds moved to New York City in 1930, where he studied at the Art Students League with Charles Locke and Harry Wickey.

In 1931 he began to work as a commercial artist at Fox Films, while continuing to study at the ASL and privately with John Sloan. He continued as a free-lance illustrator in the 30’s and sold a painting to the Whitney Museum in 1936. He continued his education, studying lithography with Harry Sternberg and printmaking with Will Barnet at the ASL In 1942 he moved to Staten Island, N.Y. Bell exhibited in New York in the 40’s and in the 50’s traveled to Europe.

Bell suffered serious medical problems and surgeries in 1956-57 but recovered and spent 6 weeks in 1961 in Mexico, where he did his only work executed outside the U.S.

From 1935 to his retirement in 1968 he continued to work as a freelance illustrator for the Donut Corporation. Cecil Bell died in Rutland, Vermont on July 26, 1970.