Charles Bell was an American Photorealist artist, known primarily for his large-scale still lives of Toys, Gumball machines, Pinball machines and marbles. Bell died in Manhattan, New York of AIDS-related lymphoma on April 1, 1995. His partner of 26 years, interior designer Willard Ching, had died of AIDS three years earlier, in 1992. The New York Times quoted Henry Geldzahler as saying, "[the pinball series is] the artist's greatest achievement -- visually, technically and technologically." According to a Guggeheim Foundation biography, Bell never received any formal training in his art. He claimed inspiration from Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. He also worked in the San Francisco studio of Donald Timothy Flores, who painted mostly small-scale landscapes and still lives. He was given the Society of Western Artists Award in 1968. After moving to New York, Bell created his paintings by photographing a subject in still life and working from it. Bell's work, created in his New York loft studio on West Broadway, is noted not only for the glass-like surface, done largely in oil, but also for their significant scale. In the mid 70’s he collaborated on a painting with Dali, who had great interest in the Photorealist. After Bell's death, Louis K. Meisel became the owner of all intellectual property rights to the body of art created by Bell.
Together from 1966 to 1992: 26 years.
Charles Bell (1935 - April 1, 1995)
Willard K.H. Ching (1942 – January 14, 1992)
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Charles Bell (1935-1995) was an American Photorealist artist, known primarily for his large-scale still lives of Toys, Gumball machines, Pinball machines and marbles. Bell died in Manhattan, New York of AIDS-related lymphoma on April 1, 1995. His partner of 26 years, interior designer Willard Ching (1942-1992), had died of AIDS three years earlier. Ching was born in Honolulu and was founder of Will Ching Planning & Design. He was former national director of the Institute of Business Designers and twice president of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. He was also vice president of Contract Interior Design Standards governing board; and was an honorary member of the International Society of Interior Designers. Projects on which he worked included the New York City police headquartes, Westinghouse Nuclear Center in Pennsylvania and Lum Yip Kee offices in Honolulu. Both Bell and Ching are buried at Diamond Head Memorial Park, Honolulu, Plot: Flowers Urn Gar. A-4 (Bell) and Plot: Peace#7-BH-4 (Ching)
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