ART SHOWS & EVENTS


POP ART GROUP ART SHOW

November 2nd to 30th, 2017 - TWIST ART GALLERY, 1100 Queen St. West, Toronto

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REACH FOR THE RAINBOW - CRYSTAL BALL

November 11, 2017 - Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

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FIT COUTURE COUNCIL AWARD LUNCHEON - honouring Thom Browne

September 6, 2017 Lincoln Center, New York, New York

Thom Browne

Thom Browne

Host Whoopi Goldberg

Host Whoopi Goldberg

Jeannette Chang

Jeannette Chang

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HARPER'S BAZAAR ICONS

September, 2017 The Plaza, New York, New York

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MAC COSMETICS OPENING

September 2017 - Sherway Gardens Toronto

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ROCKS ON THE DOCK VII

July 14-16, 2017 Lake Joseph, Muskoka

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THE ARTIST PROJECT'17

TORONTO BETTER LIVING CENTRE - FEBRUARY 2017

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SOLO ART EXHIBIT AND SHOW AT CLEMENTINES

TORONTO - OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2016

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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.

Looking Back, Moving Forward was the first painting SOLD

Looking Back, Moving Forward was the first painting SOLD

MISCHIEF

MISCHIEF

Michelle Vella at her Lake Life art show

Michelle Vella at her Lake Life art show

Welcome to JdJ ROCKS ON THE DOCK VI - John de Jong

Welcome to JdJ ROCKS ON THE DOCK VI - John de Jong

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".


PRESS

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

NARS LAS VEGAS, from Left to Right: Marta Pozzan, W mag, Michelle Vella

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.

Photo 7. Michelle Vella, sketching Emily Ratajkowski

ART MIAMI December 2015: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross Art Exhibit

Art Miami: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross

Art Miami: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross

IDEX TORONTO December 2015 - Exterior Technologies Group Exhibit 8ft tall portraits of Architects Frank Ghery and Zaha Hadid

Frank Ghery and Zaha Hadid Acrylic 8'x4'

Frank Ghery and Zaha Hadid Acrylic 8'x4'

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.

Nars Cosmetic Event Hosts: Fashion Blogger Marta Pozzan and Michelle Vella

Nars Cosmetic Event Hosts: Fashion Blogger Marta Pozzan and Michelle Vella

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.

CLUB W - Michelle B.

CLUB W - Michelle B.

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 info@michellevella.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

Binky Magazine

Social Media Collaboration Summer Cover 2015

W Magazine

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 watchSee Full Article

 

©2015 Michelle Vella 

This portrait is part of Diane von Furstenberg's Art Collection.

Harley Newton and Emily Ratajkowski hold up their portraits at the W Magazine IT GIRL luncheon NYC.

Aurora James, Brother Veilles Portrait Commission for CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Book August 2015

Jean Michel Basquiat wearing Tom Ford for Satellite Journal Book to be released during NYFW Sept 2015

Binky Magazine Social Media Collaboration Cover Art July 2015

W Magazine Social Media Collaboration August 2015