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Charles Bell

Charles Bell (1935-1995) was an American Photorealist painter known for creating vibrant still lifes 10 times their actual size. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1957, served in the Navy for two years, and later moved to New York.  He painted everyday consumer items, such as pinball machines, marbles, gumball machines, and vintage toys. In the 1970s, he was a member of a small group of artists who painted a reflection of iconography and capitalism in America. He began having solo shows at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York in 1972. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Air and Space Museum, among others.

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