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Maria Bell-Salter: Fruition

Maria Bell-Salter’s paintings of tulip beds and herbaceous borders immerse the viewer in vitality and colour – sometimes strong and vibrant, sometimes subtle with undefined mystery in the depths. They convey a sense of the inspiration, joy and wonder at the sight of a garden brought to fruition.

The word Fruition signifies the realisation or fulfilment of a plan or project, also from the late Middle English it means – to enjoy, to delight in. Gardens, however ‘natural’ they may appear are a product of our own creation, one we have made to bring pleasure to ourselves and others as they mature and bloom.

The works in this exhibition are available for purchase in aid of the Garden Museum’s educational and community programmes. To receive a copy of the price list, or to purchase a work, please email Deputy Director Christina McMahon, christina@gardenmuseum.org.uk.


Free entry

Maria Bell-Salter

Maria Bell-Salter is a London based artist. She paints in oils on canvas or linen with the spirit of plein-air painting at the heart of her work. Born in Guyana and brought up in New York and London, she attended Middlebury College and the University of Paris and has an MA in French and an MA in the History of Art with a focus on the French Impressionists. Self taught as an artist, she has painted since the mid 1990s, exhibiting in the United States, living in Paris and showing with galleries on the Rue de Seine and Avenue Matignon before returning to London and her English roots.

Patron of several arts institutions, a committed fundraiser and advocate for art, Bell-Salter was London Regional Chairman of the Art Fund, chairing their London Committee from 2006-19. She is co-founder, Trustee and Chair of ARTscapades and is a Trustee and Steering Committee Chair of the UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).

Images: Maria Bell-Salter, Fruition, oil on canvas 100x100cm; Maria Bell-Salter, Tulip Cascade, oil on canvas 81x65cm. Courtesy the artist.