Matthew Bell Baobab Art

Born in 1989, is 27 years old, and an entirely self-taught artist who uses pencil as his medium.

He was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga and lived there most of his life before relocating to Cape Town in 2014 at the age of 25.

In the past he drew only occasionally as a hobby, selling the odd piece of art here and there. However, recently after placing a greater focus on his drawing, his art has taken off and due to an increased demand has now become much more of a full time occupation.

He was always a perfectionist with an eye for the most intricate of details and this is evident in the quality of his work. This is also why pencil is his preferred medium, with this he can capture the finest details in his subjects and has full control of each of those details in every drawing, thus creating realistic and ‘pleasing to the eye’ works of art where the negative space is as important to the aesthetics of the artwork as the subject itself.

He has always had a love for the natural world and after a life spent in and around the African bushveld, inspiration for his drawings was always close at hand. The subjects of his drawings are Southern African animals, birds and trees.