David Emmanuel Noel
David Emmanuel Noel is a British born artist, designer and illustrator based in London and New York. He has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and the United States. A Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, his passion for art began at a young age. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, sharpening his awareness of self -expression and exposure to the creative industries.
At college, he received his first commission from a local hospital to paint a series of pieces named after areas of England’s Lake District. This set his foundation as an artist. Throughout his early years he focused primarily on landscapes, from Turner inspired pieces to work heavily influenced by his exposure to the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. After joining a number of art groups and collectives, including a short period as Director and Chair of The Brixton Artists Collective (BAC), his experimentation with colour furthered, painting primarily with acrylics, producing figurative and abstract pieces covering a variety of themes.
Much of his work embodies his personal encounters as well as the exposure to history, cultures and experiences of peoples from the African diaspora. Moreover, his work is also influenced by politics, societal trends and his love of music particularly Jazz. David is interested in some form of cultural representation, yet equally attracted to the subjective aspect of painting — in the application of paint and the balance of colour, scale, line and movement. He brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to his paintings through a unique balance of colour, composition and texture.
He maintains his broader interests in the arts through involvement in a number of projects, merging the visual and performing arts with education, community development and social regeneration.
He has worked with charities and organisations such as the ACLT, NSPCC, UK health service agencies, the London Boroughs of Ealing and Lambeth, The New York Mayor’s Office and CAMBA- a New York based agency supporting social services for over 30,000 people in the city’s five boroughs. The energy for his collaboration comes from a constant desire to reveal the value of the creative industries and how each discipline provides a therapeutic component and social benefit to society.
Currently working on a new portfolio of work. Exhibitions include:
Pictures at an African Exhibition-
The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, January 2019
Featured concert and one day installation of visual arts on the Millennium Stage
with Darryl Yokley & the Sound Reformation
The Philadelphia Museum of Art- Philadelphia, November 2018
Featured concert and one day installation of
art from the album/CD 'Pictures at an African Exhibition'
with Composer Darryl Yokley & the Sound Reformation
'Unfold' Group Exhibition at Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, Jan 2018
'What it is to be me' Elizabeth James Gallery, London- April 2017
Art in Mind- Absolution- Brick Lane Gallery, London- January 22- Feb 1st 2015
Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition 2015-
- Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA September 19th & 20th 2015
RAW: Natural Born Artists 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London July 2014
Pop up shop/Gallery in the London Borough of Ealing, London Dec 2013 - early 2014
Peace, Love and Understanding - Peace Project’s Touring Exhibition 2013-
- Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA September 21st & 22nd 2013
- Art Zone 461,October 5th -- San Francisco, CA
- 29 Pieces October 12th, Dallas, TX
- Landmark Arts Building, November 7th Chelsea, New York
- The Whole 9 Gallery, November 23rd Culver City, CA
Exhibition 'Matrix of Conceptualisation' Amsterdam Whitney, Chelsea, New York. March to April 2012
Exhibition at Gallery M New York -49 Bogart st., #26, Brooklyn, New York, 11206 (Bushwick Open Studios) June 2011
Exhibition at A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019, May 2011
Exhibition at Carnival Village, The Tabernacle Notting Hill London, September 2010
Exhibition and Music Concert at Bernie Grant Arts Centre ACLT Exhibition London, May 2008
Groundswell Public Mural Project- Washington Heights New York (2008)
Exhibition Red Gate Gallery, Coldharbour Lane, London November 30th-Dec 6th 2007
Exhibition at Studio Twelve Gallery, Helsingborg Sweden, November 2004