Artist sketches, Sharon Pell in Paris, 2007
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Artist Sharon Pell never tires of expressing the sinuous lines of the female
form. A love of color, collage, and abstract art infuses her pieces, and her
creative inspirations range from French vintage poster art and retro imagery
to female superheroes and pop culture icons–many of them idols from her
childhood.

In Pell's series of S*Pellbinders
, a mixed-media collection of captivating
women, she unearths the complex relationships between her figures and the
mass-media images on paper over which she works. This process of inte-
gration is the focus of her art.

A self-described pack rat, Pell is a collector of postcards, art cards, match-
books, stamps, printed papers, and maps—an ever-growing selection
of ephemera that influences her work.

Pell’s paintings have been shown in galleries and boutiques in New York,
among other places, and commissioned by the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and
Paramount Pictures. As a teenager she was awarded a scholarship to
Pratt Institute in New York City, where she studied fashion, illustration,
and photography. Beyond the gallery walls, the artist also enjoys presenting
her work on the sidewalks of New York City’s SoHo, where she meets people
from around the globe. In fact, many of her “girls” are now living abroad.


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