I hope to enable the viewer to see the structures of connectivity that they live in every day. I want them to see all the colors I see, the endlessly spiraling worlds within physical reality. I want them to feel the excitement and fulfillment I feel when I make the simple yet profound connection with living creatures that inspire my work.
Julie Bell was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1958 and is currently based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Bell was a dedicated art student who was pushed and inspired by various teachers. She is married to world-renowned artist Boris Vallejo and has two sons, David Palumbo and Anthony Palumbo, who are also professional artists.
Bell has always been visually obsessed and her connection with nature is a source of constant comfort. She has love for all of nature’s structures, including the human body and its miracles, which she finds quite spiritual. She is inspired by physical movement and athleticism and has a background in competitive bodybuilding, modern dance, classical ballet, gymnastics, strength training, and yoga.
While here academic studies were primarily focused on life drawing and her painting technique is based on traditional oil painting methods, at this point in time Bell is exploring ways to allow her sense of spiral and fractal structures occurring in nature to be expressed in her work.
Bells work can be found in: The Steven Bennett and Dr. Elaine Schmidt Collection, 2018; The Fred and Sherry Ross Collection, 2011; The Meatloaf Collection (musician and actor), 2006; The Art Renewal Center Permanent Collection, 2011; The Society of Illustrators Museum of Illustrators, NYC, Permanent Collection, 2017; The Akira Tsumura Collection, 1994; and The Tori Amos RAINN Collection, 2005. A number of the aforementioned collectors consistently purchase Bell’s work.
In the 2014 Art Renewal Center’s International Salon, she won 7 awards and two purchase awards, including 1st and 3rd in the Animal Category and 1st place in the Imaginative Realism Category. In November of 2015, she was awarded the Mountain Oyster Club’s Denise McCalla Memorial Top Choice Award. She was named a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center and was recently invited to show her equine paintings at the American Academy of Equine Arts Invitational Salon in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby.
Julie’s work is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Jackson, and Bozeman locations, Rehs Gallery, New York City, Saks Gallery, Denver, and Simard Bilodeau Contemporary in Los Angeles. She is a member of the California Art Club, The Art Renewal Center, and the Society of Animal Artists.
To view a full selection of Bell's available work, please visit our Artsy page.