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A highly-educated and prolific artist, Christine Bell-Pearson holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in painting and ceramics from the University of York (UK), a Masters of Fine Art from theUniversity of Leicester (UK) and a Graduate Diploma in Art History from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art in Antibes, France and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Visual Arts at Charles Sturt University, NSW Australia.
A renowned ceramicist and painter, Bell-Pearson produces work across a range of different media, often inserting photographic representations of her ceramic and pottery works into mixed media works on canvas as a self-referential comment on the nature of artistic production and the history of culture. Hints of the museological and archaeological abound in her work and her use of text in multiple languages (including French, German, Greek,mathematical formulae and chemical equations) serves to illuminate the many and varied ways in which truth can be discovered, examined and related.
According to Bell-Pearson, 'ceramics as markers of history and the land as container of vessels are of particular interest in the light of New Zealand's history. The gendered visual language of ceramics is of concern within the work as is the dichotomy between visual and verbal.'
Bell-Pearson has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in Singapore, France, New York, London, Italy, Switzerland, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand and her work is held in public and private collections both in New Zealand and internationally. As well as her exhibited work, Bell-Pearson has produced commissions for such notable clients as the National Bank, Otago University, and Fletcher Challenge. On behalf of the New Zealand Government,Bell-Pearson's work was presented as a gift to foreign dignitaries including the Prime Minister of France.