ART SHOWS & EVENTS
Meet Michelle Vella, a contemporary POP artist known for her unique wide big eyes. Creating pieces since 2015, the NY fashion scene was quick to embrace Michelle’s style from the start and we did too!
So, we decided to bring her to Yorkdale for International Women’s Day to exclusively paint live portraits of the woman that inspires you most on March 8, 2018 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm. In addition to this, you can shop some of her original pieces (which are gorgeous by the way), as well as prints of her popular “Wide Big Eyes”.
15% of all sales will be donated to a local women’s charity.
FUN FACT: Fashion designer and icon Diane von Furstenberg discovered Michelle on Instagram wanting her BIG EYE portrait which is now part of Diane’s art collection at the DVF Fashion House in NYC. Ever since, Vella’s work is very much in demand, garnering commissions and collaborations with corporate and private collectors from around the world. She has been featured on CNN Style, MARILYN DENIS, ELLE CANADA, and W magazine to name a few.
THE ARTIST PROJECT - TORONTO ART SHOW
February 22nd Opening Night to February 25th
DATES & LOCATION
MICHELLE VELLA - BOOTH #739
Artist Project will welcome its 11th year with the most exciting show yet this February 22 to 25, 2018 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto.
POP ART GROUP ART SHOW
November 2nd to 30th, 2017 - TWIST ART GALLERY, 1100 Queen St. West, Toronto
REACH FOR THE RAINBOW - CRYSTAL BALL
November 11, 2017 - Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
FIT COUTURE COUNCIL AWARD LUNCHEON - honouring Thom Browne
September 6, 2017 Lincoln Center, New York, New York
HARPER'S BAZAAR ICONS
September, 2017 The Plaza, New York, New York
MAC COSMETICS OPENING
September 2017 - Sherway Gardens Toronto
ROCKS ON THE DOCK VII
July 14-16, 2017 Lake Joseph, Muskoka
THE ARTIST PROJECT'17
TORONTO BETTER LIVING CENTRE - FEBRUARY 2017
SOLO ART EXHIBIT AND SHOW AT CLEMENTINES
TORONTO - OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2016
ROCKS ON THE DOCK VI
July 15-16 2016 - EVENT on Sunset Island, Lake Joseph, Muskoka
MICHELLE VELLA'S LAKE LIFE SERIES Featured at JDJ JEWELS ROCKS ON THE DOCK VI
It was a fabulous turn out, with friends and new friends in attendance, purchasing jewels and art while drinking wine from GARGOYLE. Thank you to all who joined us in launching my Lake Life painting series. I was lucky to have my sister, Marjorie Vella (AGO Docent) take guests on a tour, discussing the layers and stories behind each piece. I enjoyed listening to the viewers interpretation of what they saw going on in each painting, especially fun was the interpretations for MISCHIEF.
Artist Alex Katz said “ I am painting the society in which I live.” This resonated with Michelle igniting the spark to paint this series about life in Muskoka. The paintings are layered, people young and old, happy and sad, you can come up with your own story as you relate to it. The New York Times trumpeted: The Triumphant Return of Figurative Art! 2016 Great news for Michelle Vella and her collectors.
The show garnered many custom commissions in the "Lake Life" style which is keeping me busy while I also prepare for my next Art show at Clementines in Toronto. This series will be "Fashionably Social".
JOLIEGAZETTE.com February 2016: JE SUIS Interviews Illustrator Michelle Vella. Read full article: joliegazette.com
JOLIEGAZETTE is an internet based resource chronicling current news and events in the world of art, fashion, culture and entertainment. Featuring intimate conversations with celebrities, artists and creative thinkers.
W MAGAZINE March 2016 Issue: W Obsessions recaps the W Magazine NARS LAS VEGAS holiday event. "NARS LAS VEGAS On November 18, W and NARS toasted to the holidays at the NARS Las Vegas boutique in The Forum Shops at Caesars. The evening hosted by international blogger Marta Pozzan, allowed guests the opportunity to preview the latest makeup and skincare collections, enjoy champagne and sweet treats, and receive custom portraits by famed artist Michelle Vella." @marta_pozzan @narsissist @wmag
W MAGAZINE January 2016 Issue: W's recap of the W Magazine It Girl Luncheon NYFW Sept 2015, "In the midst of New York Fashion Week, W's Lynn Hirschberg and Coach toasted the It Girls of W. Held at a private Upper East Side club, the midday affair was a cool, modern take on the idea of ladies who lunch. Michelle Vella live illustrated portraits of the It Girls.
ART MIAMI December 2015: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross Art Exhibit
IDEX TORONTO December 2015 - Exterior Technologies Group Exhibit 8ft tall portraits of Architects Frank Ghery and Zaha Hadid
W Magazine + NARS COSMETICS Las Vegas, Nevada - November 2015 - NARS COSMETICS features Fashion Illustrator Michelle Vella live illustrating 5 minute portraits for a product launch.
World of DVF BLOG Features Michelle Vella
OCTOBER 2, 2015 ~ When did you start making portraits?
I started playing with painting portraits at the end of February; actually Diane was my subject very early on but it wasn’t until this year that I started to discover my personal trademark style. As an artist you need to be your true self and not a recreation of another artist’s style. I worked hard at this, going back and forth with techniques, mediums and styles and eventually it just happened. I was inspired by the portrait work of Francesco Clemente, and fell in love with how he depicted people with such big eyes. Now, fast forward to the moment I am waiting to meet with Diane von Furstenberg and sitting beneath a portrait of her by Francesco himself—I had to pinch myself........ SEE FULL ARTICLE HERE
W Magazine, NYC October 2015 - W Magazine Club W client event featuring Fashion Illustrator Michelle Vella live illustrating portraits.
Solo Art Exhibit TORONTO - My Brush with Fashion, August 21st - October 31st, 2015 - The Vintage Conservatory Members only
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK September 2015
W Magazine IT GIRL LUNCH - Sponsored by COACH
Michelle Vella live illustrating IT GIRLS of 2015 including Emily Ratajkowski and Harley Newton.
Diane von Furstenberg NYC
Portrait of Diane von Furstenberg is part of the DVF Art Collection, hanging on the walls at her NY Head quarters.
Michelle met with Diane to deliver her portrait and show her portfolio. Diane also invited her to attend her SS16 Fashion Show FORTVNA (Fortuna).
JdJ Jewelbox at the RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL Toronto International Film Festival Sept 2015
Michelle has been commissioned by luxury jewelry designer JdJ Jewelbox located at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto for window displays during TIFF. For TIFF event bookings please contact email@example.com
Previous COMMISSIONS & COLLABORATIONS
Satellite Journal NY
Published illustrations in the Satellite Journal book - Release March 2016
JdJ Jewelbox at the RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL
Portrait Commission for Shop Windows during TIFF Toronto, September 2015
Social Media Collaboration Summer Cover 2015
Social Media Collaboration August Cover 2015
Aurora James, Brother Vellies NY
Portrait Commission CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Book August 2015
Kara Ross NY
Social Media Ad Campaign May 2015
Raine Magazine EDITORIAL FEATURE August 2015 Print and Web
"Michelle Vella is a rising artist to watch" See Full Article
©2015 Michelle Vella