Five Bar

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'Five Bar' was painted in Florida and was inspired by the rocket thrust Bell witnessed on 7 December 1972 at the launch of Apollo 17, the first night time launch of a space mission. The night sky was turned a bright, vivid blue by the rocket's exhaust fumes. This sight of extraordinary beauty and awesome power had a great effect on him, inspiring an important series of paintings culminating in 'Five Bar', which Bell considers one of his finest works.

Falmouth Art Gallery



Five Bar




acrylic on canvas


H 120 x W 288 cm (E)

Accession number

FAMAG 2007.1

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Trust, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the National Art Collections Fund, 2007

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