Bella Martineau


I enjoy painting objects which are more than just themselves- they might represent characters on a stage, telling their own story.

I love mixing colours, drawing with line, marks and shapes, trying to capture what I see in front of me, hoping to record a memory or emotion. Paintings can recreate experiences and feelings as freshly as if you were there again, just as music can so often take us straight back to a specific time, place or person.

After leaving City and Guilds of London, where I studied Decorative Arts, I joined a studio in Notting Hill Gate, where I developed as a painter, moving away from gilding techniques and taking on commissions of murals and still lifes. The scale of murals was always a challenge. Now my work is usually small, on an intimate scale.

I travel occasionally, most recently to Cornwall, Rajasthan and to Venice, and I have most recently been working on a large series of still life paintings which I showed with my husband Luke’s still life work in Chelsea in September 2019.

I am always happy to discuss ideas for commissions.


September 2019 ‘Anniversary- 20 years in Still Life Paintings’ 340 Kings Road SW3

June 2019 Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibition

June 2018 Solo exhibition, Holland Park Lawn Tennis Club

October 2018 Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibition