Piece description from the artist
Prospect Park in Brooklyn, when the color ignites in fall…
I painted this tree after Sandy hit NYC as part of a body of work about the trees after the storm. Prospect Park lost over 500 trees in that storm. Many of these trees were magnificent and their absence was immediately felt. The storm changed the park forever.
This particular tree stood out while walking through the park in the immediate aftermath of the storm. It felt like a defiant survivor amidst the
devastated park. I included it in the series as a sign of hope.
The series was painted with acrylic paint on paper, an approach that I don't use often. I wanted to capture a bit of the struggle and emotional tenor of the storm and it's impact. Acrylic dries so quickly that you have to work in a different fashion than when you use oil.
This piece, along with the rest of the series, was exhibited in London, England in 2014.
Noel Hefele is a talented landscape painter with a diverse background in the arts. Born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, he received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and later earned a MA in Arts and Ecology from a school in England. Throughout his career, Noel has had the opportunity to exhibit his work internationally and has pieces in numerous private collections. He has also served on the board of the non-profit community arts organization PLGarts in Brooklyn, New York and co-teaches a graduate course at Brooklyn College called Human Tracks in the Urban Landscape. In 2013 and 2014, Noel was the Artist in Residence at the Barbuda Archeological Research center in the Caribbean.
Currently, Noel resides and works in the Bronx, New York where he is in the process of exploring Van Cortlandt Park and creating a new body of work. As an artist, Noel believes in the power of art to help us move towards a more responsible and holistic understanding of the environment. He sees the landscape as an entangled field of relationships that includes humans, animals, plants, minerals, and more, and believes that by viewing the non-human world as more than just objects, we can take responsibility for our impact on the planet and recognize that we are not the sole subjects of the Earth's narrative. Through his art, Noel aims to collaborate with the landscape in order to produce effects in himself and others, aesthetically and emotionally reconfiguring the way we see the world.
For more information and to see more of Noel's work, visit www.facebook.com/NoelHefeleStudios.
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