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BRINGING BACK NOSTALGIC MEMORIES
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A PERSONAL CONNECTION
“I have a personal connection to every one of Michelle's portraits I own. They bring back that nostalgic feel good feeling that makes me happy every time I look at them.”
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Welcome to Michelle Vella's world of celebrated icon portraits, where whimsy and joy come to life. Michelle's signature "big eyes" style brings a unique charm to each painting, making them instantly recognizable and capturing the essence of the subjects. These portraits are available in Limited Edition Print. Each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist, printed on the highest quality archival paper and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Prints are professionally and securely packaged to ensure a safe arrival at your professional framer.
Discover the essence of nostalgia through my unique collection of original paintings. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation, meticulously crafted to evoke memories and emotions. If you don't find your favorite nostalgic icon among my gallery, don't fret. I welcome custom commissions tailored to you. Whether it's a beloved film character, a cherished childhood memory, or a treasured fashion icon, I can bring it to life on canvas. Browse my gallery of all paintings for inspiration and don't hesitate to contact me for more details. If I have a gallery partner in your area, I can put you in touch with them. Let me turn your nostalgic dreams into reality.
ACRYLIC GLASS COLLECTION
Introducing Limited-Edition Luxury Acrylic Glass Facemounts with Mesmerizing Brilliance. Each piece is part of an ultra-exclusive run of just 50, accompanied by a Michelle Vella Certificate of Authenticity.
Experience an unparalleled visual feast with the luminosity of Acrylic Glass. This premium composition not only amplifies color depth but also breathes life into every intricate detail. We are adding more portraits to this collection so please request your favourite by emailing us or click the Chat below!
Discover the whimsical and captivating world of Michelle Vella's celebrated icon portraits. With her distinctive "big eyes" style, Michelle creates fun and colorful artworks that evoke a sense of nostalgia and bring a smile to your face. From her studio in Toronto, she pays homage to the beloved figures of pop culture, transforming them into unique storytelling pieces. With collectors spanning the globe, her artworks featuring icons like Elton John, Andy Warhol, and Audrey Hepburn have become must-haves for art enthusiasts. Michelle's talent has garnered attention from renowned publications such as Harper's BAZAAR, W magazine, CNN Style, and The Washington Post. She has also made appearances on TV shows such as The Feminist Perspective on PBS, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Cityline. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Michelle Vella's pop art portraits and add a touch of whimsy to your collection.
Hi Michelle, Last night Marjorie completely surprised me with the Jerry Garcia painting that you guys designed and I’m blown away!!! I love every detail of the painting, the planning behind the scenes, the colors you selected, and most your important…. your work is amazing! You need to know that it makes me smile every time I see it. I hung it immediately, and Jerry greets you as you enter our home day or night. Thank you again! Dan
Yay!!! I’m so happy to be starting my Michelle Vella Collection! I love my Freddie Mercury origninal painting, and couldn't resist getting your Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld all in B&W. Believe me, I’ll buy more. I’m in love! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ ~ Melissa E.
"Elton John is a show piece in the waiting room or our niche therapy practice. People who visit our office report feeling happy when they look at this painting, and many are surprised to enter a small business with such an eye-catching and fun piece of art on the wall. I wanted our space to be warm, inviting, affirming, and spark joy for every person who stepped through our door. Michelle Vella's art activates the core human emotions that ignite joy, hope, and determination, and I'm thankful to share this art with the many people who visit our office." ~ Rebecca, Owner/Therapist, Ray Family Therapy
"Wow! as mentioned along the way, it's fabulous! we love it! Michelle, thank you for creating a lasting memory for our family and helping our Turks and Caicos villa feel more like home." ~ Mike and Line
"My husband and I arrived back home today and the two art pieces are here. We LOVE them! The framing is beautiful and they look amazing. We absolutely love your work. I wish I could put it up on so many other walls. It was hard to pick just 2. Thank you so much for taking care of the framing. We really appreciate it and look forward to enjoying your work for years to come." Ellen Levine | Toronto, ON
"I had the very good fortune of discovering Michelle Vella when she appeared on the Marilyn Denis Show several years ago and instantly fell in love with her amazing work. I live on the other side of the country, and yet Michelle and I have formed a friendship through her art. I am an avid collector of her work, and the proud owner of 4 original paintings, 3 of which I commissioned, plus eight Limited Edition Prints. Her work is nostalgic, retro, current and so fun all at the same time, adding that magic to my decor. Michelle is a pleasure to work with, her dedication and attention to detail from first brush stroke to shipping is impeccable. I highly recommend Michelle not only as a talented artist but as a caring and trustworthy business owner as well." Hilary Jordan, Victoria BC.
"Michelle Vella is an amazingly talented artist and a true professional. I instantly fell in love with her work at an art show and hired her for a private commission. She was extremely reliable and dedicated with an end result that far exceeded my expectations. I have since added to my Michelle Vella collection. Michelle’s work is remarkable and distinctive and continues to bring me a lot of joy and frequent compliments. I look forward to her continued creations and my next purchase!" ~ Krista L. Springstead, Toronto, ON
“We commissioned Michelle for a painting of our new boathouse in Muskoka. Michelle was a delight to work with, very professional, easy to work with and incredibly creative. It was overall a wonderful experience. The result was an amazing work of art that uniquely captured a very special moment and place in our lives! We absolutely love it! Thanks Michelle for a beautiful painting which we proudly hang in our home.” Cheryl and Gary Lake Joseph, Muskoka, Canada
"Working with Michelle was lots of fun and we were thrilled with end result! Michelle worked from several photos and really listened to what was important be included and represented in the piece, from our black lab’s red collar, to the detail in my favorite scarf and the flower boxes on the dock which were made by my husband’s parents. We cherish the special summer memory that she so beautifully captured and I’m already dreaming of a winter portrait!" Michelle Doig Toronto, ON
“I fell in love with Michelle’s artwork on Instagram. I was drawn to the joyfulness and vivid colors of her pop art style with its clean lines and brilliant composition that captures the details and nuances of her subjects. I commissioned Michelle to create a portrait with her fabulous Wide Big Eyes style that would capture my “happy place”, the beach. Working with her was an absolute delight. Michelle’s professional but casual approach made the entire process effortless and exciting for me. The beach portrait brings joy and sunshine into our home every day, and we absolutely love it. Thank-you Michelle!” ~ Narda Ellesmere, King City, ON, Canada
"In rare moments in our life time you meet a person who evokes a smile from out of nowhere - like a memory from playing with childhood friends. Michelle shares her love of life with everyone she meets. Michelle’s creativity is magical. Michelle captured a subject within moments and in my case, the Princess of Thailand and ‘translated’ her inner beauty for the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Thailand. Michelle’s philanthropic endeavours knows no boundaries. Michelle understood the importance of the China Fashion Gala bringing together a diverse community of fashion icons, international influencers, business leaders and celebrities to recognize outstanding contributions to Chinese design and innovation and to support the next generation of designers and leaders. Michelle’s donation of her work was auctioned within seconds. She has now made another person smile - with today’s times, we so need to smile."
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