“2021” Eliot Markell

Eliot Markell was born in Boston, Massachusetts and studied fine arts at Empire State College, SUNY and Mark Hopkins College.After studying with his mentor, Gandy Brodie at Gandy Brodie School of Fine Arts in Newfane, Vermont, he then moved to Brooklyn where he has lived and made art for over 40 years, at studios in Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Greenpoint, and Bushwick.He has also been a presence in the arts community of Northeast Harbor, Maine. His plein-air work was shown for many years at Wingspread Gallery, and other Maine coast galleries.Eliot has also written art criticism and articles for his blog, White Elephant on Wheels, many appearing in Painter’s Table, a noted online daily art magazine. He has co-curated numerous group shows of emerging and well known visual artists.His artworks have appeared in numerous exhibitions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City and other US cities.His work was recently acquired by Sloan Kettering for their public collection.


These two pieces are a commentary on the COVID quarantine and our collective psyche.

” Art making has remained an authentic process for me, unaffected by fashion or market ambitions. Nature provides my artistic priorities, depicted both as representational plein air, and interpretative imagery.

The assemblage process in my work is influenced by indigenous sources, and foments figurative associations rooted in a totemic anthropomorphism.”


Year: 2020

Materials: Water-based mediums on paper

Size: 20 x 20  inches


Year: 2021

Materials: Water-based media and tissue paper on bubble wrap, embedded in poured plaster.

Size: 25 x 21 x 1  inches


As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.