E.C. Bell Presents the Ginger Suite
By Andrew Osta
For the last 16 months, my friend E.C. Bell has kept himself locked up in his studio, incessantly painting, mostly nude portraits of his muse, Ginger. His goal has been to make 300 paintings of the same model, each of them telling a different story through uniquely expressive brushwork and color. While the subject of every painting remains the same, the style and the message change in fascinating ways with the passing of time. A few of the paintings are quite dark, reflecting emotionally difficult times. Others are colorful and optimistic, seemingly filled with sunlight, painted in high key yellow and orange tones. One can see the influence of the Impressionists throughout.
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As a backdrop to many of the nudes, E.C. places expressive flower bouquets and bowls of fruit reminiscent of Cezanne; elements of the San Miguel landscape; and, of course, the artist’s studio. E.C.’s paintings of Ginger currently number around 200, and he keeps producing more, despite the fact that he ran out of space to hang them many months ago. Typically, his most recent works find a place on one of the walls of his new three-story studio on Canal Street, while older works get relegated to one of several large stacks of paintings on the floor.