Hunter Bell is a self-taught multimedia artist from Birmingham, Alabama. He is well-known for his one-of-a-kind jewelry designs made from found objects salvaged from the streets of Birmingham and local recycling centers among other places.
From simple, yet elegant pieces, to bold and exotic statement pieces which have a distinct “badass-factor,” he bridges fashion, design and art by salvaging abandoned objects. Each piece is unique and original. His jewelry is sacred and unusual, with an enigmatic past. His designs are born from his own experiences and contemplation, torn from the streets, arranged and rearranged to create artistic talismans from materials otherwise overlooked, lost, and wasted. He uses contrasting, even clashing metals with hues of silver, gold, brass, and copper. Slick and shiny melts and bonds with rusty and ancient, a combination of sacred geometry and symbols, with a heavy dash of abstract. The juxtaposition of lustrous and industrial, broken and decomposed. He says: “My life as a shaman is to help heal the lost & damaged souls who cross my path, like the items I find & found me. I pass them on to another life, loaded with hope & confidence, guidance & protection, creativity & spirituality, & STYLE LIKE NO OTHER.”
While known for his unique, found-object based jewelry designs and accessories, Bell is also an accomplished painter and sculptor. In 2020, Bell was commissioned to do 4 kinetic sculptures (as one large installation concept) using 100% recycled/upcycled materials in the GeoDome (former planetarium) at Birmingham Southern College. His jewelry, paintings, and sculpture have been shown at various galleries and other establishments in Birmingham and the Southeast for over 20 years.