Featured Artist: Elliot Appel!

Quintessence by Elliot Appel

Quintessence by Elliot Appel  20×16″

What a wonderful painting by artist Elliot Appel. Light is what usually draws me to a painting, and it does here as well, but it’s the shadows that seem to take center stage. All the shadows make the light in that fabulous orange awning really stand out! Just beautiful!

Elliot also does commissions, so if that is of interest to you, be sure to check it out. He does wonderful house portraits!

Read a bit about Elliot, from his website:

Elliot Appel was born in New York City, in 1952, and has been painting for over 30 years. An independent artist, he is self-taught, having taken art history classes at New York’s City College, then fortifying his education soon afterward with trips to France, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, and Greece, where he spent time observing, sketching, and painting. 

Working primarily with acrylics, Mr. Appel’s cityscapes and storefronts call to mind the iconic images of American artists like John Sloan or Edward Hopper, who were influenced by film, and whose crisp, light-flooded takes on modern realistic street scenes inspired American film sets in the 1940s and 50s. Mr. Appel’s images of old New York City storefronts, with their dispossessed air, graffiti-covered doorways, and grime, both repel and draw the viewer into the cinematic-like worlds that he creates. His method is simple: walking around the city, one neighborhood at a time, camera in-hand he searches for an eye-catching subject- an antiquated doorway, an interesting street performer, an eye-catching reflection in a window. His use of vibrant color, unique perspective as well as his uncompromising eye for detail add his own personal style every subject he paints and contribute to a singular view of life in the big city. In general, his paintings take about two to three weeks to complete, depending on the amount of detail involved. 

His commissioned paintings of houses and pets, as well as his portrait paintings, are very popular and widely praised for their individually personalized style.

Images via ElliotPaints.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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