David Emmanuel Noel - Photo of the artist - Image courtesy of the artist

David Emmanuel Noel

United Kingdom

Illustration, Painting, Design


David Emmanuel Noel
David Emmanuel Noel
United Kingdom
August 28, 2017
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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.

David Emmanuel Noel - Emotion, 2017 / A Soul's Pride, 2016
David Emmanuel Noel – Emotion, 2017 / A Soul’s Pride, 2016

A Broad Body of Work

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!

David Emmanuel Noel - First Sunrise, 2017 / The Dance in Rythym, 2013
David Emmanuel Noel – First Sunrise, 2017 / The Dance in Rythym, 2013

Further Successes of David Emmanuel Noel

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.

The work of David Emmanuel Noel is all about the positives of life as it focuses on the therapeutic and overcoming abilities of art

David Emmanuel Noel - A New Sunrise, 2017 / Woman In Garden, 1993
David Emmanuel Noel – A New Sunrise, 2017 / Woman In Garden, 1993

Artist’s Statment

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.

David Emmanuel Noel lives and works in New York City, the United States.

Featured image: David Emmanuel Noel – Photo of the artist – Image courtesy of David Emmanuel Noel
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2019Pictures at an African ExhibitionThe Kennedy Center, Washington DCSolo
2018Pictures at an African ExhibitionThe Philadelphia Museum of Art, PhiladelphiaSolo
2018UnfoldEspacio Gallery, Bethnal Green, LondonGroup
2017What it is to be meElizabeth James Gallery, LondonGroup
2017David Emmanuel NoelThe Philadelphia Museum of Art, PhiladelphiaSolo
2015Art in Mind-Absolution Brick Lane Gallery, London Group
2015Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CAGroup
2015Amsterdam Whitney Group ShowAmsterdam Whitney, Chelsea, New YorkGroup
2015Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition Art in Mind- Absolution- Brick Lane Gallery, LondonGroup
2015West London Artist Group showThe Art of Carnival' W3 Gallery, LondonGroup
2013David Emmanuel NoelWelshore Community Hub, Ealing, London Group
2013Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CAGroup
2013Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition 29 Pieces, Dallas, TXGroup
2013Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition Landmark Arts Building,New YorkGroup
2013Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012David Emmanuel NoelAmsterdam Whitney, Chelsea, New YorkSolo
2012Matrix of ConceptualisationAmsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New YorkGroup
2011Group ShowGallery M New YorkGroup
2011Group ShowA. Jain Marunouchi Gallery 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019Group
2010David Emmanuel NoelCarnival Village, The Tabernacle Notting Hill LondonSolo
2008David Emmanuel NoelBernie Grant Arts Centre ACLT Exhibition LondonSolo
2007David Emmanuel NoelRed Gate Gallery, Coldharbour Lane, LondonSolo
2004David Emmanuel NoelStudio Twelve Gallery, Helsingborg SwedenSolo
2003David Emmanuel NoelChats Palace, LondonSolo
2003David Emmanuel NoelThe Questors Theatre, Mattock Lane, Ealing London W5Solo
2003David Emmanuel NoelEaling Central Library, Broadway Centre, London W5Solo
2002David Emmanuel NoelSatay Bar, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton London SW2Solo
2001Group ShowGallery One Group Show Group
2000Group ShowGallery One Group show Artway.co.ukGroup
1999David Emmanuel NoelDavid E Noel The Oval Theatre, Kennington, LondonSolo
1993ReflectionsBrixton Art GalleryGroup
1993Absolute FreedomUxbridge Central Library, MiddlesexGroup
1992David Emmanuel NoelEaling Central Library, Broadway Centre, London W5Solo
1992From Where I StandBrixton Art Gallery, LondonGroup
1992New FrontiersBrixton Art Gallery, LondonGroup