DescriptionCharles Bell (American, 1935-1995)
Study for Ta-Daa, 1985
Colored pencil on board
40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
Signed in pencil lower right: Charles Bell '85
Louise K. Meisel Gallery, New York (label verso);
Private collection, Connecticut.
Louis K. Meisel, Photorealism Since 1980, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1993, p.61, illustrated in color.
Henry Geldzahler, Charles Bell: The Complete Works: 1970-1990, Harry N. Abrams, 1991, p. 102, illustrated in color.
Charles Bell is primarily known for his large-scale Photorealistic depictions of children's toys, gumball machines, action figures and similar imagery, arranged in classical poses, assembled in his New York Studio. The significant scale of his work, combined with his use of bright colors and his rendering of glass-like surfaces and textures, elevate these everyday objects to the level of the traditional still life. In #4620 Study, Bell's use of established techniques and media distinguishes him from other Photorealist artists. Additionally, the positioning of the various toys-directly regarding and engaging the viewer-encapsulates the centrality of spectacle in the American way of life. As Bell affirmed: "my paintings look real, but it's a subjective reality."
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