About the Artist
With an artistic career spanning more than 40 years, Michel Pellus has a long-established reputation as a realist painter and printmaker. Working exclusively in oils, Pellus creates larger-than-life images of contemporary urban culture and fashionable women, with virtuosic technique and a highly modern photographic look. Born in Montreal in 1945, Pellus descends from a long line of artists originating in Reims, France. His grandfather restored France’s stained glass after the First World War; both his mother and father studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal before lifelong careers teaching and making art. Pellus is self taught as an artist. In the late 1970s he lived in New York City’s SoHo before moving to remote Elizabeth Island in the Bahamas. In the late 1980s, he settled in South Florida where he works today. Michel Pellus’ paintings have been exhibited widely and can be found in many private and public collections, including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.