NISSAN ENGEL

Nissan Engel föddes 1931 i Haifa Israel. Han studerade vid Beaux-Arts Bezalei i Jerusalem åren 1952-56. 



Engel har sedan åttiotalets början arbetat med grafik collage och måleri. Musik är ett stort intresse för Engel.  Att sammanföra bild och musik är en central del av Engels konstnärliga arbete.  Engel använder sig gärna av är operan eller symfoniernas uttryck i sin konst. Operan kan framstå som den bästa jämförelsen eftersom, scenografin där ger ett visuellt komplement till musiken. Han stänger in sig i ett rum utan fönster och sitter och lyssnar på musiken i timmar.  "I mitt rum skapar jag helt utan att någon eller något stör, säger han."

När musiken först gjorde sitt inträde i Engels konst var det i form av fragment ur notblad som tog plats i collagen.Vid denna tid, säger Engel, handlade det om rent visuell attraktion hos noterna. Men senare kom han att se dem som medel till att skapa visuell musik. Han har gått så långt som att översätta vissa bestämda musikstycken till bild. I de verk som har denna ambition finns alltid ett avsnitt av den översatta musiken med i bilden i form av ett autentiskt notavsnitt. Detta fungerar som tydlig referens till musikverket ifråga.
 

Ytterst sett är målet för Engel att uppnå harmoni. Att få balans mellan "... de högre och lägre delar, vilka utgör grunden för den totala stillheten."
Just balansen mellan högt och lågt framträder ofta på ett påtagligt sätt i Engels verk. Han delar ofta verken (oftast stående format) i två fält ett övre och ett undre. De två fälten står i ett komplementärt förhållande till varandra. Det nedre fältet är oftast mörkare än det övre, tyngre etc.

Dessa fält kunde ses som representerade den fysiska världen respektive den himmelska. Engel föredrar dock en mer metaforisk utläsning; det övre fältet kan stå för säger han: "... fantasi, överraskningar drömmar ambitioner - allting vi skulle kunna skapa med vårt själsliga intellekt som motsatts till vår själsliga uppfattningsförmåga."

Nissan Engel är en stor internationellt erkänd konstnär som medverkat i internationella salonger och representerad i flera privata och offentliga samlingar, se nedan litet urval:

 

Grand Prix International de Peinture, Cannes
Jeune peinture, Paris
Grands et jeunes d'aujourd'hui, des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York
Bridgeston Museum, Tokyo
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Elf Atochem Corporation, Paris
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California
The Jewish Museum, New York City
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia
Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York at Purchase
Schlumberger Foundation, Paris
Weizman Institute, Rehovot, Israel



Nissan Engel

Artist, craftsman, innovator, technician, poet, musician -all of these terms are needed to
describe Nissan Engel. In a prolific career spanning nearly four decades, Engel has developed
a unique form of expression -rich, complex, highly personal -that defies easy classification.
An artist of international stature, he is perhaps best known for his work in mixed media, in
which he manipulates disparate elements to create harmonious, lyrical compositions. His
body of work reflects a continual evolution, a constant seeking of new arenas in which to play
out his ideas -painting, drawing, collage, printmaking. As he master each new technique, he
incorporates it into his work to achieve his ultimate artistic goals/ harmony and equilibrium.
Born in Israel in 1931, Engel graduated from the renowned Beaux-Arts Bezalel in Jerusalem
and later received a diploma in theater design from the Centre dramatique de l'Est in
Strasbourg, France. He moved to Paris in the mid-1950's, where he painted also worked on
variety of stage designs and costume projects; he had the first of many successful painting
exhibits starting in 1960 at the gallery Weil. In 1965 he moved to New York city.
During his days in Paris and throughout his ten-year stay in the United states, Engel worked
almost exclusively in the painting medium. The subject of his early works – landscapes, still
lifes, and equestrian figures often presented in horse racing and circus scenes – were
rendered in a style that was predominantly figural and representational, reflecting his
academic training. The painting from this period are strongly graphic and characterized by a
bold and direct use of color.
Engel's early influences include Picasso, Klee, Marini, Kandinsky, and other European
expressionists of the New York School, many of whom he knew and befriended while living in
New York City.
Chronology and exhibitions :
1931 - born in Haifa, Israel
1952 - 1956 -studied at Beaux-Arts Bezalel, Jerusalem; diploma
1957 - studied theater set and costume design at centre dramatique de l'est, strasbourg,
France; diploma
1958 - Landwelin gallery, Strasbourg, France
1960 - André Weil galerie, Paris, France
1963 - André Weil galerie, Paris, France
1964 - Reyn gallery, New York City, New York, USA
1965 - Moved to New York City
1966 - Fresno Art Center, Fresno, California, USA
- Los Robes gallery, Palo Alto, California, USA
1967 - 69 - Sculpture and stained-glass commissions: New York, New Jersey, and Maryland
1970 - Riebenfield gallery, Jaffa, Israel
1971 - Goldman gallery, Haifa, Israel
- Probus Rex gallery, New York City
1972 - Lim gallery Tel-Aviv, Israel
1973 - Lithographs published by New York Graphic Society and Roten
galleries,Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Lowenadler gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- Raye Landis gallery, East Brunswick, New jersey, USA
- White gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
- International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1974 - Horace Richter gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1975 - Returned to Paris
- Lowenadler Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- White Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
- International Art Fairs in Basel and Cologne
1976 - Albert Verbeke Galerie, Paris, France
- Alexandra Monett, Brussels, Belgium
- Goldman Gallery, Haifa, Israel
- Vinciana Galleria, Milan, Italy
1977 - Arcador Galerie, Grenoble, France
- Eliane Poggi Galerie, Grenoble, France
- Laura Vincy Galerie, Paris, France
1978 - Attali Galerie, Paris, France
- Capricorn Galerie, Reims, France
1979 - Won gold medal at the International Art Fair, Paris, sponsored by the Mexican
Academy of Sciences and Humanistics
- FR3, Lille, France
- Frances Laterman, New York City, New York, USA
- Jaquester Galerie, Paris, France
1980 - Albert Verbeke Galerie, Paris, France
- Albert Henri Galerie, Rennes, France
- Collective Impressions Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Frances Laterman, New York City, New York, USA
1981 - Art Expo, New York 81
- Jaquester Galerie, Paris, France
- John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1982 - J.C. Riedel/104 Franklin Street Gallery, New York City, New York, USA
- Nordstrand Gallery, Oslo, Norway
1983 - Britt Olsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- Galerie du Boulevard, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Jonathan Pools, New York City, New York, USA
- Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
- Nurit & Werner Haase, New York City, New York, USA
- Stockholm Art Fair
1984 - Britt Olsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
- Galerie 101, Malmö, Sweden
- International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1985 - Eliane Poggi Galerie, Grenoble, France
- "Fiest" Paris, France
- Lincoln Center, New York City, New York, USA
- Art Fairs in Basel, London, and Stockholm
1988 - Eliane Poggi Galerie, Grenoble, France
- Saga, Paris, France
1989 - Meissner Gallery, Hamburg
- Nahan Galleries, New York City, New York, USA
- Saga, Paris, France
1990 - Aurbach Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
- Konstgalleri Vattern, Motala, Sweden
- Nahan Galleries, New York City, New York, USA
- Art Fairs in Basel and Tokyo
1991 - Eliane Poggi Galerie, Grenoble, France
- Art Fairs in Chicago, London, Miami, Milan, and Stockholm
1992 - Meissner Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
- Nahan Galleries, New York City, New York, USA
- Saga, Paris, France
1993 - Amkonigsplatz Gallery, Paderborn, Germany
- Galerie A.D.S., Paris, France
- Gloria Cohen Gallerie, Paris, France
- Saga, Paris France
- Van Almsick Gallery, Gronau-Epe, Germany
1994 - Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, USA
- French Embassy, Washington, D.C., USA
- Elbaz Gallery, New York City, New York, USA
- J. Bastien Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
1995 - Galerie de l'Estampe, Strasbourg, France
- Khun Gallery, Berlin, Germany
- Roer Gallery, Mûnster, Germany
- Winkler Gallery, Osnabrûck, Germany
- Nordstrand Gallery, Oslo, Norway
1996 - Mensing Gallery, Hamm, Germany
- John Davies Gallery, London, England
- Galerie Frank, Paris, France
- Art Brillant Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Music Festival of Provins, Provins, France
- Galerie Jean Fradin, "Printemps des Arts", Nantes, France
- Geneva Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland
- Khun Gallery, Berlin, Germany
- Jaeschke Gallery, Braunshueig, Germany
1997 - Saga, Paris, France
- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, USA
- Frank Galerie, Paris, France
1998 - World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
- Gallery Mensing, Hamburg, Germany
- Galerie L'Estampe, Strasbourg, France
- Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
- Saga, Paris, France
1999 - Gallery Anstesen , Stockholm Artfair, Sweden
- Gallery Norstrand, Oslo, Norway
- Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
- Galerie Ducastel, Avignon, France
- Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany
- Gallery Tosaka, Los Angeles, USA
2000 - Artenim, Nimes, France
- Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
- Galerie Maryse Blaive, Beaune, France
- Gallery Hassold, Augsburg, Germany
- Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany
- Gallery Anstesen, Göteborg, Sweden
2001 - Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany (skywalk)
- World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
2002 - Gallery Roger, Linkoping, sweden
- Gallery Mensing, Mulheim, Germany
- Gallerie L'Estampe, Strasbourg, France
2003 - Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
2004 - Editions of Etchings
- L'Esprit, Robert Casadesus, Paris, France
2005 - Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany
- Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany
- Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
2006 - Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany
- Gallery Anstesen, Göteborg, Sweden
- Stockholm Art fair
2007 - Gallery Mensing, Hamm, Germany
- Gallery Roger, Linkoping, sweden
- Gallery Anstesen, Göteborg, Sweden
- Art Fair Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 - Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
- Galerie L'Estampe, Strasbourg, France
- Gallery Solaglas, Karlstad, Sweden
2009 - Galerie Terre des Arts, Paris, France
- Gallery Mensing, Hanover, Germany
- Foire de l'Estampe Grand Palais, Paris
- Fred Elliot gallery, New Orleans, USA
2010 - Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo-Osaka, Japan
- Galerie Terre des Arts, Cannes, France
- Fred Elliot gallery, New Orleans, USA
- Editing 6 etchings “Opera”
2011 - Gallery Terre des Arts, Paris, France
- Salon de l'Estampe Grand Palais, Paris
- Galleria Riccardo arte, Fiorenze, Italia
- Gallery Miva, Malmo, sweden
- Gallery Tosaka, Tokyo, japan
2012 - Gallery Miva, Malmö, Sweden
- Gallery Scandinavia, Göteborg, Sweden
- Fred Elliot gallery , New Orleans, USA
- Fancesco, Greve in Chianti, Italia
- Galleria Bulevardi 7, Helsinki, Finland
- Gallery Terre des Arts, Paris et Cannes, France
- Galerie L'Estampe, Porto Vechio, Corse, France
2013 - Gallery Miva, Malmö, Sweden
- Gallery Mensing, Hamm, Germany
- Galerie Art et Emotion, Lausanne, Suisse
- Galerie Estampe, Strasbourg, France
Participation in salons :
- Grand Prix International de Peinture, Cannes, France 1958
- Jeune peinture, Paris, France 1960-65
- Grands et jeunes d'aujourd'hui, France 1960-85
- des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France 1960-65
- Comparaisons, Paris, France 1980
- salon de Montrouge, France 1980-83
Museums and Collections:
Nissan Engel's work are found in numerous private and public collections, including
the following:
- Albright-knox Museum, Buffalo, New York
- Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo
- The Detroit Institute of art, Detroit, Michigan, US
- Elf Atochem Corporation, Paris
- Fresno Art museum, Fresno , California, USA
- The jewish Museum, New York City, USA

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