Henri J. Bell
Henri, having lived for
30 years in Ouchy (port of Lausanne), where he was named “Henri d' Ouchy” and
signed his paintings with this pseudonym , he now lives in Bouveret at the upper
end of Lake Geneva .
He was born in 1933 between the
Rhine and the village river in Widnau his home town in the canton of St.
Gallen (Switzerland). He always lived in cities that bordered water: Zurich,
Geneva, Palamos (Spain), Tarragona (Spain). In this historic city that looks
down from it's balcony over the Mediterranean, he began to paint as a result of
his friendship with the famous landscape painter Tomas Olivar. His early
paintings were already landscapes where water is always present. It is
therefore natural that he began to paint lakescapes, when he returned to
Switzerland. Today he paints all kinds of landscapes and naive scenes, but in
his pictures there is mostly also water present.
His style is very simple, even naive,
because he paints with simplicity what he sees and how he feels: Full of light and colours.
He works in acrylic on canvas.
Henri's pictures are liked by lovers
of lakes and seashores because they show with nostalgic feelings for a better
world the beauty of the lake or ocean scenes, the simple life, the flora and
fauna of the pristine nature. His characters are simple, friendly people.
He has successfully participated in
numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad and his paintings signed
"Henri d' Ouchy" or "Hi Bell" are with collectors in Switzerland,
England, Italy, Spain and Canada.
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