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 Charles S. Bell  (1935 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: New York/Oklahoma      Known for: large-scale photo real still-life painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Charles Bell
1935 (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1995 (New York City)

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A photo-realist painter of large-scale still life, Charles Bell sought with his painting to bring pictorial majesty and wonder to the mundane.  Much of his subject matter was vintage toys, gumball machines, and dolls and action figures, many of them arranged in classical poses.  He was based in New York City and born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He created work in a scale as much as ten times life size with clear and vibrant colors. 

Bell worked out of his New York loft studio on West Broadway.  In his life time he created almost 200 works and wished to have his work reproduced and distributed as widely as possible for as long as possible.

Bell died of lymphoma on April 1, 1995, at age 60.  He had AIDS at the time of his death.  His partner of 22 years, interior decorator, Willard Ching, died of AIDS-related illness three years earlier, in 1993.

After Bell's death, Louis K. Meisel of the Louis K. Meisel Gallery became the owner of all intellectual property rights to the body of art created by Charles Bell.

Bell's works are housed in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggeheim Museum, and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Wikipedia: Charles Bell.  Reference is Henry Geldzahler, Charles Bell: The Complete Works, 1970-1990
Louis K. Meisel
Who's Who in American Art, Jacques Cattell Press, 1976.

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