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  wanting her BIG EYE portrait 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 YORKVILLE VILLAGE, Toronto Sept 8 - Sept 17, 2018
  • DIMENSIONS GALLERY, 732 Queen St. East Toronto
  • CONCEPT at YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE, Toronto 2018
  • ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO 2018
  • SUZANNE ROGERS PRESENTS DVF, Diane von Furstenberg 2017
  • TWIST GALLERY, POP ART GROUP SHOW, Queen St. West, Toronto, November 2017
  • 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
  • ROCKS ON THE DOCKS VI : JDJ JEWELS & Solo Art Show July 2016 Muskoka
  • ART MIAMI 2015: Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross 
  • IDEX Toronto 2015: Exterior Technologies Group
  • MY BRUSH WITH FASHION Sept 2015: Solo Exhibit Toronto
  • TIFF Sept 2015: JdJ Jewelbox Windows Toronto Ritz-Carlton

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 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
  • 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: Portrait; Taraji P. Henson Aug 2015 Cover

 

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