Julie Bell

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Not to be confused with geneticist Julia Bell.
Julie Bell
Bell in April 2005
Born 1958
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.[1]
Website juliebell.com

Julie Bell (born October 21, 1958) is an American painter. A fantasy artist and wildlife artist, she is a former bodybuilder and fantasy model for her second husband, painter Boris Vallejo.


Julie Bell has painted the cover illustrations of more than 100 fantasy and science fiction books and magazines since 1990, including more than 90 in the 20 years to 2009.[2] In the early 1990s, she illustrated painted covers for video games as well as best-selling trading cards for the superheroes of Marvel and DC. A cover art image from the Sega Game Gear video game Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe would depict the semi-barbaric world that the game took place in; thus being entitled Savage Land by Bell herself.[3] She designed the award-winning Dragons of Destiny sculpture series, Mistress of the Dragon's Realm dagger series, as well as the Temptation Rides sculpture series produced by The Franklin Mint.

She designed the cover art for Meat Loaf's albums Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose and its first single "It's All Coming Back to Me Now", the album Hang Cool Teddy Bear, and the album "Crossroads".

Julie sometimes collaborates on art with her husband, Boris Vallejo, and they have done many paintings for worldwide advertising campaigns such as Nike, Inc., Coca-Cola and Toyota.

In 2007, Bell and Vallejo illustrated the poster for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.[4]

A yearly calendar of 13 paintings by Bell and Vallejo is produced by Workman Publishing.

Her personal fine art work would best be defined in the realms of contemporary imaginative realism, equine, and wildlife art.


Bell's work has won many awards including:

  • Art Renewal Center, Multiple 1st place awards & honorable mentions.[5]
  • NJEAA, Art of the Horse, Best In Show.
  • Mountain Oyster Club, People's Choice.
  • Portrait Society of America.
  • Named a Living Master, Art Renewal Center.
  • Chelsey Award, Multiple Awards.
  • Society of Animal Artists Southwest Art Editors Choice Award.

Personal life[edit]

Bell and Vallejo reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has two sons, Anthony Palumbo and David Palumbo, both of whom are also professional painters.[1]

Bell is a former nationally ranked competitive bodybuilder.[6]


  • The Julie Bell Portfolio (1994)
  • Hard Curves: The Fantasy Art of Julie Bell (1995), with Hank Rose and Nigel Suckling
  • Soft As Steel: The Art of Julie Bell (1999), with Brian Aldiss and Suckling
  • Titans: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000), with Suckling, Bell, and Vallejo; also issued 2000 with main title Superheroes
  • Sketchbook (2001), with Suckling, Bell, and Vallejo
  • Twin Visions (2002), with Bell and Vallejo
  • Fantasy Workshop: A Practical Guide: The Painting Techniques of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2003), with Bell and Vallejo
  • Boris Vallejo/Julie Bell: The Ultimate Collection (2005), with Suckling, Bell, and Vallejo
  • The Fantasy of Flowers (2006), with Bell and Vallejo
  • The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2006), with David Palumbo, Anthony Palumbo, Bell, and Vallejo
  • Imaginistix: The Art of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2007), with Palumbo, Palumbo, Bell, and Vallejo
  • Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The Ultimate illustrations (2009), with Bell and Vallejo
  • Dreamland: The Fantastic Worlds of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2014), with Bell and Vallejo


  1. ^ a b "Bell, Julie". Revised October 22, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (sf-encyclopedia.com). Retrieved 2014-12-19. Entry by 'GW', Gary Westfahl.
  2. ^ Julie Bell at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2014-12-19. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  3. ^ Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe information at MobyGames
  4. ^ "King of the Mountain - Posterwire.com".
  5. ^ https://www.artrenewal.org/13thARCSalon/Artwork/ByCategory/27766
  6. ^ Imaginistix.com Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine.

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