Charles Bell, ‘Rolly Polly Clown’, 1983, Phillips

Property from an Important Private European Collection

Signature: signed, dedicated and dated 'Charlie Bell '83' lower margin

Paul Nash and Copy Berg, New York
Private Collection, Paris
Sotheby's, New York, 10 November 2005, lot 243
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Charles Bell

Photorealist painter Charles Bell drew inspiration for his large-scale still lifes from America’s love affair with toys and arcade games. Working primarily in oil, Bell depicted vintage dolls, Barbies, and action figures arranged in imaginary scenes and dynamic compositions, cast in studio lighting. In other series, Bell painted children’s marbles, usually placed on reflective surfaces and silhouetted against dark backdrops to accentuate their curvature and colorful, swirling patterns. Bell’s hyperreal renderings of pinball machines are often considered his best work. Taking close-up perspectives and a range of different angles, Bell captured his subjects’ iridescent surfaces and busy patterns with meticulous detail.

American, 1935-1995, Tulsa, Oklahoma