Joan Lengel is a mixed media artist whose work is primarily musically inspired. Having a strong background in the arts, she has combined her two passions, music and art to create pieces that reflect this motivating force in her life.
In her first series, "MUSICIANS OF NOTE," Lengel starts with a line drawing and uses layers of plexiglass and collage to create her compositions, many of which are portraits. The layered pieces create dimension and shadows that become part of the composition and draw the viewer in. Her palate is minimal so as not to distract the viewer from connecting to the subject. Lengel’s art speaks to her interest and she finds her subjects from her life time experience with all kinds of music.
Her second series, “HAIL TO THE CHIEF”, a digital series of the 12 US Presidents who played musical instruments, combines music and art to more powerfully communicate how each art form impacts our lives. Lengel brings this unique part of our leader's education to the forefront through artistic expression. Portraits of Thomas Jefferson, Truman, FDR, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton are just a few of our presidents that she has created portraits of.
Residing in White Plains, New York and a member of several art organizations in Westchester County and Connecticut, she continually strives to combine these two passions and stretch the limits of her work.
I attended the High School of performing arts and continued on to get a BA in Music and an MA in Creative Arts for Special Needs. I later pursued my studies in the arts at Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, CT, Westchester Community College Arts Workshop, White Plains, NY SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY, The Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Ct., and The Center of Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT.
MY TWO PASSIONS, MUSIC AND ART HAVE LED ME TO CREATE ART THAT IS MOSTLY MUSICALLY INSPIRED.