Charles S. Bell  (American, 1935-1995) 

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Charles S. Bell (American, 1935–1995) is a Photorealist painter from Tulsa, OK. He received is BBA from the University of Oklahoma Norman in 1957. After graduating, he served in the Navy for two years and then moved to New York to work as an accountant at International Nickel.

Bell is known for creating vibrant still lifes that are 10 times their actual size. He painted everyday consumer items like pinball machines, marbles, gumball machines, and vintage toys. Bell started having solo shows at Meisel Gallery and Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York in 1972. He has also participated in group exhibits at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, The Miyagi Museum of Art, and Plus One Gallery, among others.

While many other artists in the 1970s were experimenting with Minimalism and Conceptual Art, Bell was a member of a small group of artists who painted a reflection of iconography and Capitalism in America during this period. By using consumer objects, Bell shared similar interests with the Pop Art artists of the 1960s, but, like other Photorealists, he placed them in a sphere of criticism rather than praise. In the 1986 painting The Judgement of Paris, Bell recreates the Greek myth using Barbie dolls, a Ken figure, and a G.I. Joe figure, as well as other toys. This work is close in size to Peter Paul Rubens’s interpretation of The Judgement of Paris, which is almost 13 feet long. The artist died in 1995. Bell’s estate is represented by Louis K. Meisel Gallery.

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Charles S. Bell, Paragon

 

Charles S. Bell
Paragon
1988

Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Charles S. Bell, Before the Journey

 

Charles S. Bell
Before the Journey
1986

Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Charles S. Bell, The Judgment of Paris

 

Charles S. Bell
The Judgment of Paris
1986

Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Charles S. Bell, Art Angel

 

Charles S. Bell
Art Angel
1986

Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Charles S. Bell, Kandy Kane Rainbow

 

Charles S. Bell
Kandy Kane Rainbow
1994

Louis K. Meisel Gallery
 
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Charles S. Bell, Gumballs

 

Charles S. Bell
Gumballs, 1981
silkscreen on masonite

 

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Charles S. Bell, Rolly Polly clown

 

Charles S. Bell
Rolly Polly clown, 1983
charcoal, pastel and graphite on paper

 

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Charles S. Bell, The Viking

 

Charles S. Bell
The Viking, 1994
silkscreen

 

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  Born Tulsa, OK
  Died
  B.B.A., University of Oklahoma Norman, OK
1997   Hot Time, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1997   Photorealists, Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
1997   A Tribute to Frederick R. Weisman: Selections from the New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans, LA
1997   Photorealism's Greatest Hits, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1997   Photorealism's, Jaffe Baker Gallery Boca Raton, FL
1996   Since Statehood: Twelve Oklahoma Artists, Oklahoma City Art Museum Oklahoma City, OK
1996   Attention to Detail (Realism in All Forms), Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1994   Solo Exhibition, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1991   Solo Exhibition, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1989   Solo Exhibition, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1988   Solo Exhibition, Modernism San Francisco, CA
1986   Solo Exhibition, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1983   Solo Exhibition, Hokin/Kaufman Gallery Chicago, IL