THE ARTIST

ABOUT the artist

Michelle Vella is a contemporary POP artist known for her unique WIDE BIG EYES. The NY fashion scene quickly embraced Michelle’s style from the start. In 2015, just months into her new career as an artist, Fashion designer and icon Diane von Furstenberg discovered Vella on Instagram, asking to purchase Vella’s BIG EYE portrait of DVF, 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, The MARILYN DENIS Show, ELLE CANADA, and W magazine to name a few. Having an education in Fine Arts and a graphic design business for over a decade, at 50, Michelle created a new chapter, believing anything is possible. She is enjoying great success as a full-time artist.  Michelle is based in Toronto, Canada.

Art Shows, Events and PoP Ups

  • IDS TORONTO, January 2019
  • POP UP at HILLCREST SHOPPING CENTRE, Richmond Hill Oct 11-14
  • POP UP at YORKVILLE VILLAGE, Toronto Sept 8 - Sept 17, 2018
  • DIMENSIONS GALLERY, Current Representation for Edition Prints, 732 Queen St. East Toronto
  • CONCEPT at YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE, Toronto, March 2018, Featured Artist, Art Show & PopUp, Live Illustrating Portraits Fund Raiser for International Women’s Day 
  • ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO Feb 2018 - Art Sho
  • Harper’s BAZAAR ICONS Party, The Plaza NY, NYFW Sept 2017 - The Weekend
  • SUZANNE ROGERS PRESENTS DVF, Diane von Furstenberg 2017 and Jeanne Beker Portrait Presentation.
  • TWIST GALLERY, POP ART GROUP SHOW, Queen St. West, Toronto, November 2017
  • MAC COSMETICS OPENING, Sherway Gardens, Sept 2017 - Live Illustrating Portraits
  • ROCKS ON THE DOCKS VII : JDJ JEWELS & Solo Art Show July 2017, Muskoka
  • ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO 2017
  • EYES OF DESIRE SOLO ART SHOW, CLEMENTINES Gallery, Toronto, Fall 2016
  • Harper’s BAZAAR ICONS Party, The Plaza NY - NYFW Sept 2016 - Kanye West
  • TIFF Sept 2016: JdJ Jewelbox Windows at The Toronto Ritz-Carlton
  • ROCKS ON THE DOCKS VI : JDJ JEWELS & Solo Art Show July 2016 Muskoka
  • NARS / W Magazine EVENT, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nov 2015 - Live Illustrating Portraits, Co-starring with Marta Pozzan, LA Fashion Blogger/Model
  • ART MIAMI Dec 2015: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross 
  • IDEX Toronto 2015: Exterior Technologies Group
  • W Magazine Client Beauty Event NYC, Oct 2015, Live Illustrating Portraits
  • MY BRUSH WITH FASHION Solo Show - Sept 2015 - Vintage Conservatory, Toronto
  • TIFF Sept 2015: JdJ Jewelbox Windows at The Toronto Ritz-Carlton
  • NYFW Sept 2015 - W Magazine - Live Illustration at the W’s It Girl Luncheon
  • NYFW Sept 2015 - DVF - Diane von Furstenberg Presentation of my portrait of DVF at her NY Fashion House, and the DVF Fashion Show

Clients, Commissions & Collaborations

  • HARPER'S BAZAAR THAILAND MAY 2018 ISSUE
  • DAVIKA HOORNE, BAZAAR ART FEATURE MAY 2018
  • JESSICA JUNG, Harper's BAZAAR 2017
  • SYLVIA MANTELLA, Bidinis hand painted bag 2017
  • JEANNE BEKER, Portrait 2017
  • TICKET OPS, Toronto - Vancouver 2017, 2018 The Beatles & The Rolling Stones portraits, corporate commission
  • HARPER’S BAZAAR, VP Jeannette Chang, portrait
  • DVF:  Diane von Furstenberg Portrait
  • BIDINIS Italy: Wearable Art Fashions, established collaboration in 2016
  • SANTONI Italy: Campaign SS16
  • LANE CRAWFORD: Editorial May 2016
  • GLAM4GOOD; Mary Alice Stephenson
  • Diamonds Unleashed: Art Miami 2015
  • INFOR - Charles & Karen Phillips portrait 2016
  • W Magazine Editors: Portraits; Stefano Tonchi, Edward Enninful, Lynn Hirschberg, Armand Limnader, Publisher; Lucy Kriz
  • Coach Creative Director: Portrait; Stuart Vevers
  • Emily Ratajkowski Portrait, W Magazine event
  • Brother Vellies: Portrait; Aurora James
  • JdJ JEWELS: Portraits; Jewelbox Windows at the Toronto Ritz-Carlton 
  • Exterior Technologies Group: Portraits; IDEX
  • KARA ROSS NY: Portraits; Instagram Mothers Day Campaign
  • W Magazine Instagram Feature: Portrait; Taraji P. Henson Aug 2015 Cover

 

Non Profit Involvement 

  • Malachy’s Soirée, Sept 27, 2018 - An Inaugural event, raising money to help the NICU at St. Michael’s Hospital 
  • Art for Animals, Sept 27, 2018 - An art auction featuring Toronto’s most talented Artists - Donating a MV Limited Edition Print of my Gord Downie portrait
  • International Women’s Day at YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE, Toronto, March 2018 - Live Illustrating Portraits, Raising money for a Women’s Charity
  • Reach for the Rainbow Crystal Ball, ROM, Nov 2017 - REACH Connects families to Inclusive Recreational Programs - Live Illustrating Portraits
  • Reach for the Rainbow Comedy Night, Oct 2017 - Live Illustrating Portraits
  • Dress for Success Toronto, Polished 2017: Better Together, The Bata Shoe Museum, Nov 2017 - Live Illustrating Portraits
  • GLAM4GOOD 2016 NYC - A fashion/beauty movement celebrating social impact through beauty & style - Celebrating 6 women with a MV custom Portrait
  • Dress for Success Toronto, Kara Alloway / Zac Posen - The Windsor Arms Hotel, Sept 2015, Live Illustrating Portraits and art show

Michelle meets Diane von Furstenberg at DVF in NYC, Sept 2015

Featured Artist in Harper's BAZAAR Thailand, Harper's BAZAAR ART

BAZAAR ART INTERVIEWS WIDE BIG EYES ARTIST MICHELLE VELLA

IRIS APFEL PORTRAIT in ELLE CANADA, JANUARY 2017

5 CANADIAN ILLUSTRATORS THAT ARE ON OUR RADAR! JANUARY 2017

#5 @MICHELLEVELLART DVF discovered Toronto-based Michelle Vella on Insta when Vella drew some fan art of the designer.

CNN Style FEATURE, OCTOBER 2017

Illustrator Michelle Vella depicts Iris Apfel in several illustrations. Credit: ©MICHELLE VELLA