Mike Bell/ Mike Bell

United States 1960

Pop Surrealism


Mike Bell
Mike Bell
United States

Mike Bell is an American artist whose pieces feature a vibrant and distinctive take on popular culture. Born in Atlantic City in 1960, he studied at The College of New Jersey – Majoring in Advertising Design with a Minor in Illustration. Several years ago – after 25 years working in advertising – Bell decided to leave his full-time job and to focus his energy on art.

Inspired by punk rock, classic monsters, sci-fi, vintage toys and Japanese cartoons, the artist creates his paintings blending the aura nostalgia and humor. His colorful, multihued and striking canvases often feature characters such as monsters, vampires, iconic celebrities and comic book figures. The juxtaposition of counterculture subjects combined with modern day situations and elements are the blueprint for his artworks. The outcome is a body of work in the pop surrealism genre.

Art by Mike Bell

M.Bell - Your Chariot Awaits (left) - Eternal Star (right)
M.Bell – Your Chariot Awaits (left) / Eternal Star (right)

Mike Bell has been featured in many publications including Creep Machine, Trend Hunter Magazine, The Sun, and others. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and beyond including Lime Light Gallery, New York; Toy Room Gallery, San Francisco; DVA Gallery, Chicago; The Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park; Metropolis Gallery, Pennsylvania; Discovery Galleries, and Bethesda Kustom Kulture Gallery, New York, to name a few.

Mike Bell lives and works in Northfield, New Jersey.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Mike BellRotofugi Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2016Mike BellDistinction Gallery, Escondido, CASolo
2015Mike BellFrame Of Mind Gallery, Ormond Beach, FLSolo
2015Mike BellThe Witt Gallery, Millville, NJSolo
2015Mike BellFirst Banana Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2015Mike BellAtlantic City Arts Center Gallery, Atlantic City, NJSolo
2015Mike BellSpeakeasy Gallery, Boonton, NJSolo
2014Mike BellGargoyle Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2014Mike BellHarold Gollen Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2014Mike BellThe Lanes Gallery, Asbury Park, NJSolo
2014Mike BellThe Noyes Arts Garage, Atlantic City, NJSolo
2014Mike BellThe Black Vulture Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2013Mike BellThe Dream Factory, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2013Mike BellNorthbowl, Philadelphia, PASolo
2013Mike BellDistinction Gallery, Escondido, CASolo
2013Mike Bell423 Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Mike BellThe Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJSolo
2012Mike BellThe Black Vulture Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2012Mike BellSUB2 Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2012Mike BellThe Limelight Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Mike BellMetropolis Gallery, Lancaster, PASolo