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, Eliot then moved to Brooklyn where he has lived and made art for over 40 years, maintaining studios in Gowanus, Williamsburg and Bushwick. He has also been a presence in the arts community of Northeast Harbor, Maine having shown his plein-air work 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 and co-curated group shows. His artworks have appeared in numerous exhibitions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City and other US cities.
About this collection of work:
I have painted my plein air watercolor works on paper along the coast of Maine, and New York City’s urban settings including the beach at Ft Tilden in Brooklyn NY, and various other locales such as Green Wood Cemetery, Prospect Park, and Bush Terminal Park. Working from nature fulfills fundamental aspects of my artistic practice by developing a rigorous eye, that coupled with a succinctly painted gesture combine to bring a sense of place to my imagery. My art is rooted in observation of the elegant intricacies of nature, I employ a visually poetic style to gain a heightened awareness of my surroundings. Less literal, sub-visual content enters into my compositions, much as the atmospherically ethereal experience of fog, wind, and improvisational processes such as dream formation, flow into consciousness.