First Name: Leland
Last Name: Bell
Full Name: Leland Bell
Alternative Names: Bebaminojmat, loosely translated, 'when you go around you talk about good things'
Date of birth: 1953
Place of birth: The Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve, Ontario, Canada
Community / Heritage: Anishinaabe/Ojibwa-Odawa
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/leland.bell.9
Art Media: Canadian acrylic, oil, silkscreen, serigraph.
Leland Bell is an Anishinaabe Canadian artist born in 1953 at the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve, on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. He was raised at the reserve as well as in Toronto. He graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, where he majored in Native Studies. Bell is from the Loon Clan, and is affiliated with the Three Fires Midewiwin Society.
Early in his career, Bell was mentored by the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation, often known as “Indian Group of Seven,” at the Manitou Arts Foundation on Schreiber Island.
Bell has been painting professionally since 1976; his work often depicts human figures—often the artist’s family and friends. In addition to his painting, he spends time working on music and writing. He has collaborated with Shirley Chee Choo and her husband Blake Debassige in writing music for Chee Choo’s film projects. Bell has also worked as an art instructor and has conducted numerous workshops and presentations throughout North America.
Bell’s work has been included in several group exhibitions in Ontario, British Columbia and Switzerland. His works are represented in many prominent art collections in North America and Europe.
- The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, M'Chigeeng, Ontario, Canada
- “From the Heart of Turtle Island: Contemporary Art from Manitoulin Island”, The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
- Gallery De Boer - Fine Art, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
- The Dancing through Time exhibition, The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
|Title||Last Sold At Auction|
|COMING INTO AWAKENESS||2014-08 (August 2014)|
|ENTERING THE CIRCLE||2014-12 (December 2014)|
|HEART BERRIES||2018-02 (February 2018)|
|HEART BERRIES & A MOTHERS LOVE||2016-05 (May 2016)|
|RECEIVING||2019-11 (November 2019)|
|UNTITLED (GROUP GATHERING)||2011-02 (February 2011)|
Recent Auction Results
Estimate: 60 — 80
Sold: Feb 2018 — Sold For: $144
Estimate: 80 — 120
Sold: May 2016 — Sold For: $60
Estimate: 700 — 900
Sold: Dec 2014 — Sold For: $600
Estimate: 600 — 800
Sold: Aug 2014 — Sold For: $480
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Feb 2011 — Sold For: $1,320
Estimate: 0 — 0
Sold: Mar 2007 — Sold For: $456