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Art & Inspiration Is anyone curating Dave Bell's art?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RidingMechanic, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. RidingMechanic
    Joined: Jul 31, 2017
    Posts: 93

    from Cincinnati

    Was talking with some friends recently about Dave Bell's artwork and we wondered what happened to all of it after his passing.

    I grew up seeing his work in secondhand copies of hot rod magazines and spent a lot of time staring at all the little details and inside jokes. Not to mention that some of his renderings went on to become full fledged cars.

    As prolific as he was, he must have left a large collection behind. Is anyone taking care of it now? Could we ever look forward to a book or anthology?

    All I've found so far is a recent blog that's re-posting some of his Street Rodder work at

    Back in the day he sold posters through the hot rod and bike magazines...Would love to find if any of that stuff has survived.

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  2. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,538


    Great question. I liked his work too, hope there is a book in the future. Bob
  3. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,098

    Deuced Up!

    Yes sir....that is a definitely a good question. I learned to draw emulating his "toon" pages in Street Rodder....
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  4. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,132

    from California

    back in the old days Dave Bells art was the first thing I looked at in Street Rodder. I have one of the posters he drew from the "Nostalgia Drags" at Fremont Drag Strip back in the 80's. really should frame it and hang it up.
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  5. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    I really liked his work. I too used to copy his drawings and style. Thanks for posting the blog link.
  6. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,370

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Same here. Would flip back to read through Dave's art, then read "In Bill's Eye, back when Street Rodder was at the top of the game.
    You'd have to pay attention to catch his tongue in cheek wit or it would go right over your head. I recall one cartoon where the fictitious pinstriper was a Hispanic guy named "Juan Chot" ( in the Queen's English pronounced "One Shot" as in the striping enamel :cool:).
    Loved his work!
  7. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 496

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    When Street Rodder was a magazine, Dave Bell's page was always the one I looked at first. What a talent!!
  8. RidingMechanic
    Joined: Jul 31, 2017
    Posts: 93

    from Cincinnati

    I messaged Greg Cooper who runs the blog...Hopefully he may know someone who knows something. Hopefully Dave has some family or friends who are preserving this stuff.
  9. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,623


    I to loved Dave Bell's work. I used to set and look at every detail of his artwork in the back of Street Rodder magazine. When I started a Street Rod Parts business in Louisville in the 90's his work was what I wanted on my T-shirts. Here is one of my remaining T-shirts. I have since gone out of business, and I sold the original artwork to a T-shirt company that sold old T-shirts from rod runs. Probably worth a bunch of money now. Bubba's T shirt 001.JPG
  10. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 22,280

    Staff Member

    Dave was a great guy and could talk on the phone for hours because he wore a headset and worked the whole time. I was lucky to be the subject in 3 of his cartoons [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  11. koachwerks
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 368


    Here is a Dave Bell original that Dave drew for my father back in 1967. A friend of my father’s called him up and told him to come over to the house because there was “a guy here that will draw your car for you.” I’m guessing this would have been fairly early in Dave’s career as an automotive artist.

    I finally did it justice and had it mounted on acid-free matting and have it sitting behind museum glass.

    Attached Files:

  12. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,991

    Rand Man

    Lots to look at in his artwork. Always enjoyed it.

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  13. Dave & I were pretty good friends back when I was drawing cars too. He was as great a person as he was an artist.

    He used my '40 Merc in a couple of his drawings.


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  14. Steve Grimes
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 27

    Steve Grimes

    I have some of Dave Bell's original signed poster size art works he did of cartoons for Street Rodder Magazine; do these have any special monetary value?
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  15. John Stimac
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 571

    John Stimac

    Original art from Dave that's hanging in my shop IMG_1917.jpg IMG_1918.jpg IMG_1919.jpg IMG_1920.jpg

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