Trevor Bell was born in Leeds in 1930 where he attended the College of Art between 1947 and 1952.
Bell then moved with his wife to Cornwall where he focused his practice on the depiction of land-shape and sea interactions as opposed to the representation of industrial landscapes which had been the main concern of his work in Leeds.
In 1959 he won the Paris Biennale International painting prize and in subsequent years worked as a teacher at various Universities.
Bell exhibited with the Penwith Society of Arts from 1956 at the Tate Gallery and New Art Centre. In 1995 a group of his pictures was exhibited at the Tate Gallery St Ives and in 1995-6 he was included in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool.
Bell held a series of solo exhibitions including shows at the Whitechapel Gallery and New Millennium Gallery in St Ives. He is represented in the Tate and Arts Council of England Collections.
Buckman D., 2006, Artists in Britain since 1945, Vol 1, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol