Mike Bell’s “Of Gals & Monsters” at Distinction Gallery


Distinction Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibit by painter, Mike Bell, entitled “Of Gals & Monsters”.
Exhibit runs from December 10 to January 7.

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore – Mike Bell’s art blends an aura of nostalgia and humor, combined with vivid color and a combination of influences. Japanese cartoons, classic monsters, vintage toys, punk rock, carnivalesque images, MAD magazine and Big Daddy Roth are among the cultural forces that have shaped his art. The juxtaposition of counter culture imagery with modern day influences are the blueprint for Mike’s canvases. Mike’s art has received global acclaim including Ripley’s Believe It Or Not purchasing twenty of his matchbooks to include in various museums.

This exhibition will focus on some of Mike’s favorite subjects including Frankenstein and his Bride in a series of hysterical modern day situations as well as some of our favorite pinups including Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page juxtaposed in equally peculiar settings. The show will also include some of Mike’s popular matchbooks, which are clever collectibles.

For more info on Mike Bell and Distinction Gallery, go to distinctionart.com

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Distinction Gallery / Art Hatch Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Second Saturday Receptions: 6 pm – 10 pm

About Distinction Gallery / Art Hatch:
Distinction Gallery was created in 2004 to give beginning and established collectors a venue to purchase high-quality, cutting edge artwork. Distinction has hosted over 120 exhibitions since its inception featuring emerging, mid-career and veteran professional artists. Distinction’s artwork is available for purchase online to clients around the world, and most of our artists are available for commissions. In order to further expand offerings to the community, Distinction converted part of their location to ArtHatch, a non profit organization.

ArtHatch is a 7,000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, “The Alley,” featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 15+ teen artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and “The Lounge”, containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

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