David Emmanuel Noel is a British visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer originally from London and nowadays based in New York City. His favorite go-to medium is acrylic paint, although oils and mixed media can now be found in his body of work much more frequently than the case was earlier in Noel’s career. David Emmanuel Noel describes his work as colorful, bright and vibrant. Beside creating his visual art, Noel also has a wealth of experience collaborating with musicians and various kinds of performing events, as well as with teaching others about art.
The way David Emmanuel Noel sees it, the purpose of his art is to capture and provoke thought and a sense of the world through characters, landscapes and abstracts of vibrant colors. He is also interested in some form of cultural representation, yet equally attracted by the subjective aspects of painting and the balance of color, scale, line and movement. It should be noted that David Emmanuel Noel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He worked with architects and professional institutes such as the Royal Institute of British Architects, championing design quality and therapeutic benefits of art in public spaces. Noel was also a director of The Brixton Artists Collective in the early 1990s and he established Artsway Ltd, a promotion company for visual and performance artists in the United Kingdom. As for his inspirations, Noel stated the following: I find inspiration to be creative sometimes at the most unexpected and surprising times. I guess I’m most inspired by my peers and contemporary artists. I think we all have the power to inspire and encourage each other beyond our self-imposed limits to be both happy and creative!
So far in his career, Noel exhibited his art widely and participated in several high-profile art events, including the likes of The African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora and the Culver City Peace Project Arts initiative. He was also a part of projects like New York’s Groundswell Community Mural Project, the Royal Institute of British Architects, National Network for Art in Health, etc. However, despite the impressiveness of these achievements, creating visual art remains a highlight of David Emmanuel Noel’s career – his paintings and illustrations are truly refreshing and they seem to exist in a world completely their own. Currently based in New York City, David Emmanuel Noel continues to exhibit his art, working with a variety of visual and performing artists including composer Darryl Yokley and RnB artist Lifford Shillingford.
I’m inspired by life and the people in it! I find all art forms therapeutic as they offset the everyday challenges we all face and set the spirit in the right direction towards a balanced self. Art is a reflection of the world around us. This statement made by the artist himself offers us a valuable insight into how he views the world around him. It also allows us to realize what kind of a role David Emmanuel Noel wants his work to have, allowing us to get a tighter grasp of his entire body of work.
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|2017||What it is to be me||Elizabeth James Gallery, London||Group|
|2017||David Emmanuel Noel||The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia||Solo|
|2015||Art in Mind-Absolution||Brick Lane Gallery, London||Group|
|2015||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA||Group|
|2015||Amsterdam Whitney Group Show||Amsterdam Whitney, Chelsea, New York||Group|
|2015||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||Art in Mind- Absolution- Brick Lane Gallery, London||Group|
|2015||West London Artist Group show||The Art of Carnival' W3 Gallery, London||Group|
|2013||David Emmanuel Noel||Welshore Community Hub, Ealing, London||Group|
|2013||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA||Group|
|2013||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2013||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||29 Pieces, Dallas, TX||Group|
|2013||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||Landmark Arts Building,New York||Group|
|2013||Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition||The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA||Group|
|2012||David Emmanuel Noel||Amsterdam Whitney, Chelsea, New York||Solo|
|2012||Matrix of Conceptualisation||Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York||Group|
|2011||Group Show||Gallery M New York||Group|
|2011||Group Show||A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019||Group|
|2010||David Emmanuel Noel||Carnival Village, The Tabernacle Notting Hill London||Solo|
|2008||David Emmanuel Noel||Bernie Grant Arts Centre ACLT Exhibition London||Solo|
|2007||David Emmanuel Noel||Red Gate Gallery, Coldharbour Lane, London||Solo|
|2004||David Emmanuel Noel||Studio Twelve Gallery, Helsingborg Sweden||Solo|
|2003||David Emmanuel Noel||Chats Palace, London||Solo|
|2003||David Emmanuel Noel||The Questors Theatre, Mattock Lane, Ealing London W5||Solo|
|2003||David Emmanuel Noel||Ealing Central Library, Broadway Centre, London W5||Solo|
|2002||David Emmanuel Noel||Satay Bar, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton London SW2||Solo|
|2001||Group Show||Gallery One Group Show||Group|
|2000||Group Show||Gallery One Group show Artway.co.uk||Group|
|1999||David Emmanuel Noel||David E Noel The Oval Theatre, Kennington, London||Solo|
|1993||Reflections||Brixton Art Gallery||Group|
|1993||Absolute Freedom||Uxbridge Central Library, Middlesex||Group|
|1992||David Emmanuel Noel||Ealing Central Library, Broadway Centre, London W5||Solo|
|1992||From Where I Stand||Brixton Art Gallery, London||Group|
|1992||New Frontiers||Brixton Art Gallery, London||Group|