He Captures The Character of Urban Life and Architecture
New York artist Elliot Appel paints street scenes and storefronts of New York City that capture the mood, drama and intrinsic character that make this city unique. With a superb command of depicting his subject matter in his signature style of realism he transports the viewer immediately into the composition. His art engages our five senses and we find ourselves completely transfixed and enamored by a delicious cornucopia of colors, flavors and architectural details.
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Fascination with Film Noir
Appel has been fascinated by film since he was a child and has accomplished the feat of painting the dynamics of light and shadow. His ability to infuse his paintings with a film noir ambiance immediately conjures associations with the American artist Edward Hopper, who was also influenced by film. However, while Hopper created a world of loneliness, isolation and quiet anguish Appel’s paintings convey a hint of nostalgia with a more colorful and optimistic view of daily life.
The artist takes time and deliberation when selecting his much loved subjects. He states, “There are many sides to life in the city. Frenetic, fast-paced and intimidating as it may be, the city can also be a spiritual, quiet, place where one can find self-enrichment and renewal.”
He Preserves Architectural Details and Memories
In Appel’s images we discover iconic buildings, restaurant storefronts, graffiti-covered buildings, billboards, and many more often overlooked and unappreciated subjects. He demonstrates his keen eye for every nuance with utmost proficiency. He knows which elements that will draw the eye and which ones to soften and where to crop to leave plenty of room for our imagination.
The artist states, “I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories- the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.”
Awards, Exhibitions and Accolades
Appel has attracted and sustained a loyal community of collectors since he sold his first of many paintings when he was in his early twenties.
He has exhibited his work in many New York galleries and alternative venues in SoHo, as well as the renowned Lincoln Center in New York, NY, and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island. He consistently wins First Prize at the Conference House Art show in Staten Island, NY. He exhibits annually at the Snug Harbor show which is sponsored by the Staten Island Museum.
He is the recipient of several ‘Best in Show’ awards for his exhibitions with the Hudson Artists of NJ. He also served as president of this organization from 2012-13. He is also an award-winning artist in the 2014 Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” juried exhibition.
A View of Different Cultures
Elliot Appel brings a vast knowledge of different cultures to his art. He spent a year in Israel when he was college age and a few years traveling through Europe. His many visits to museums in Paris, Geneva, Florence, Milan, Venice, Rome and Athens in addition to his time in public squares, sketching the scenes around him, all laid the foundation for his inimitable style of painting for which he is admired and recognized.
While sharing his love for the city Elliot Appel offers the slice of life images of New York City for residents, visitors and armchair travelers alike.
He Enhances Our Appreciation
Through his art Appel wishes to slow down the fast tempo of current day living so we may enjoy our surroundings with greater appreciation. He explains, “All too often, people may find themselves rushing from place to place without noticing the beauty, history, diversity and culture that surrounds them. They may not have an opportunity to appreciate the street performer, the antiquated storefront, the interesting window reflection — things things that contribute to making urban living worthwhile and enriching.”
Visit Elliot Appel’s website at www.elliotpaints.com