Stacey Wells grew up in the beauty of North Vancouver where she began her love for drawing. Tragically, when Stacey was two, her father Warner Wells was killed in a plane crash when a passenger put a bomb on board the commercial airplane he was piloting. Because of this, Stacey spent countless wonderful hours at her grandparents’ who lived on the waterfront at 18th and Argyle in West Vancouver. Her grandfather would teach her to skip rocks on the ocean, and she loved to watch the ripples in the sunlight. This is where her fascination with water, light and reflections began.
Years later, Stacey travelled with her mom and sisters to Australia, where they lived out their father’s dream to take his family there. With stays in Fiji and Hawaii along the way, Stacey catalogued the colours and sights in her mind’s eye to eventually unleash in her large, vibrant acrylic paintings. While in Fiji, Wells bought a bright yellow transistor radio and fell asleep with it under her pillow every night. At the age of eight, her love of music began.
Stacey attended Carson Graham Secondary, which had an incredible art program. Wells flourished with great mentors, Wing Chow and Martin Place, who taught commercial design, lithography and sculpture. Stacey excelled in sculpture and won a scholarship for her work. Her early work was inspired by Andrew Wyeth, and she credits her technical drawing skills to hours of studying his art. As the years progressed, Stacey found new inspiration in artists such as Warhol, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Dali. Stacey’s style loosened up, and with each passionate brush stroke, she created her own unique style.
A decade later, while on a wine tour with girlfriends, Wells was inspired by tasting wine so good it was rock star worthy. She wanted to reflect the good times had with music and wine, essentially capturing “time in a bottle.” Wells created artworks that she calls RockStar Reflections, paintings of wine bottles reflecting rock stars. These artworks became so popular they inspired several series and have fast become collectable art. Many of the works in this series contain hidden elements in the reflections of the wine bottle.
Inspired by music, stage lighting and cool rocker looks, Wells’ rock star art is focused on capturing the essence of the music, allowing the viewer to experience the visual concert in their space, bringing them back to great memories had with their favorite bands. Just add music and enjoy.
Wells’ vintage pop art was inspired by stories told to her about the good old days when Hollywood stars made Palm Springs their playground. “If These Wall Could Talk” is a series of art featuring vintage Hollywood stars, and each artwork sets the mood for fabulous conversation and good times. Oh, if these walls could talk.
Wells has been invited to show her art at many celebrity events.
Wells’ art can be found at many prestigious galleries all over the U.S. and on the walls of art collectors worldwide, including Steven Tyler, who came across Wells’ pop art painting of him at a gallery in Wailea, Hawaii. It now hangs in his bedroom.
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An example of a RockStar Reflections display.