David Emmanuel Noel is primarily a visual artist with a wealth of experience collaborating with musicians and performing acts. As a painter and illustrator, David has taught art and worked closely with bodies such as New York’s Groundswell Community Mural Project, CAMBA,the UK Department of Health, the Royal Institute of British Architects, National Network for Art in Health and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children with an aim to promote the social and therapeutic benefits of art in public spaces.
Whilst a student, David was heavily involved in a number of community art initiatives in south London. This included a short period as a Director and Chair of The Brixton Artists Collective (BAC) in the early 1990s. After three years involved in BAC he co-founded Artsway Ltd, a promotion company for visual and performance artists in the UK. The company was behind several programmes combining art, poetry and music at London venues such as the Southwark Playhouse, The Oval Theatre and Questors Theatre Ealing.
David’s experience of public art programmes includes work with Core Creative, a collective of UK based visual and performing artists co-ordinating art projects for young mental health patients and the New York Mural Project 'New York City is a Rollercoaster’, the first collaboration between NYC Department of Transportation, the Office of the Mayor and Groundswell Community Mural Project: A small team of artists including muralists Belle Benfield and Chris Beck, designed an image to modernise and rejuvenate the entrance to a 900-foot-long subway underpass previously seen as a dark and unwelcoming tunnel. It now features a vivid representation of the history and diversity to be found in Washington Heights.
David continues to work on personal projects and welcomes collaborating with others.
'I've been told I have a special gift and it's incredibly satisfying to know that I can use my ability to bring joy into the lives of others. The purpose of my art through strong vibrant colours is to capture and provoke thought and a sense of the world through characters, landscapes and abstracts I paint. I am interested in some form of cultural representation, yet equally interested in the subjective aspect of painting — in the application of paint and the balance of colour, scale, line and movement. There is a great therapeutic release when I paint ...
Despite reading other subjects at college and university I maintained my enthusiasm and achieved satisfaction working with others on art projects. Perhaps my drive stems from my constant desire to challenge the view that art is a peculiar luxury benefiting a privileged few who have a license to define an artist and art itself. What is art? What is good art? To find the answer never go to an art critic or someone who feels they have sufficient experience to judge. Never go to the individual who claims to have a trained eye for seeing the wood from the trees! Art is and will always be subjective as it provides therapeutic pleasure, comfort and purpose to that individual. Art is not a luxury but a necessity for maintaining our sense of the world particularly when our understanding of it can be flawed by those who easily influence and mislead us.
I believe art plays a powerful role in recording or even distorting history and our appreciation of ourselves and others. In various mediums art is a significant tool to shape society and our future.'
David Emmanuel Noel
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Currently working on a new portfolio of work.
RAW: Natural Born Artists. 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
The Peace Project’s“ Make Peace” international touring exhibition-
Group mosaic featuring Whole9 artists.
- - Deep Ellum Artwalk in Dallas, Texas, USA Sept 2012
- - October 6- Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, New York
- - October 13 - The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main Street, Culver City, California
- - November 2- Gallery Expo in conjunction with Long Beach First Fridays
- - December 1-2 Showcase Gallery, Santa Ana, California
- - December 8-9 Art4All People, Malibu, CA
- - February 2013- Swam gallery, 560 Second Stree, Oakland, 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