Still Life with Skull
Bell trained at Liverpool College of Art between 1925 and 1930 and at the Royal College of Art between 1931 and 1933. He taught part-time at The King's School, Chester (1933 - 1944), Prescot Grammar School (1936 - 1939) and at Liverpool College of Art from 1939 where he taught full-time from 1944 and was promoted to Head of Department of Fine Art in 1965. Bell was a member of the Liverpool Academy where he was appointed President between 1957 and 1960. He exhibited with the London Group at Liverpool, Manchester and other provincial exhibitions. After the Second World War he took part in documenting the Merseyside area.