Artist's Practice: Projects and Initiatives
'As a visual artist. I am drawn to the impulsiveness and subjective aspect of painting. I also have a growing interest in how this artform interplays with other disciplines to stimulate and explore boundaries of expression. As a black artist of Caribbean descent, I endeavour to use art, particularly through collaborations, to engage the public in discussions exploring race, identity, and culture, to create a more educated, understanding, inclusive, and fair society. The 'Expressions of a Diaspora' initiative comprises of archived, documented, and interweaving projects I have been exploring over several years, working with others to exhibit and curate related material in the mediums of visual art, music, and performance.'
David Emmanuel Noel FRSA
Expressions of a Diaspora
Work representing an African and Caribbean theme. The artist’s work is heavily influenced by art and artists from the diasporas, their use of colour and acknowledgment of family and relationships.
Some of the more recent work featured was created for or inspired by the album ‘Pictures at an African Exhibition’ - a collaboration with American composer Darryl Yokley and his Sound Reformation. This project was inspired by Modest Moussurgsky’s orchestral work Pictures at an Exhibition.
As part of the Caribbean Fine Art Fair 2021 series of discussions, Fly on The Diaspora presents ‘Art in a Post Digital COVID World’. The event was produced in association with Occhi Arts and Entertainment, and Grace & Graffiti.
As we endure the effects of the Covid pandemic, our lifestyles and dependence on technology to communicate have changed. Many businesses and organizations, including art houses and museums, have reviewed their business models whilst improving their online provision to retain and expand audiences. As artists and the wider industry capitalize on the availability of digital platforms, what impact will this have on the exposure of art and artist globally?
Interdisciplinary artist/anthropologist Alexis Alleyne-Caputo and Occhi Co-Director David Emmanuel Noel are joined by visual artists Diogenes Ballester, Patricia Brintle, and Shadi Burton to explore the challenges and opportunities the future brings.
Podcast available on the following Occhi Magazine podcast link
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Anderson Pilgrim -Executive Director of the Caribbean Fine Art Fair and Co-Founder of Diaspora Now, Artist/Anthropologist Alexis Alleyne-Caputo and David Emmanuel Noel to discuss visual arts and the African diaspora. The discussion covers several pertinent areas - how artists use the arts as an educational tool to bridge communities, the influence of artists from the diaspora, the impact of social media platforms on the industry, and how events of 2020 encourage artists to approach their practice and collaborative working differently.
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CBL) presents the 15th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC2020).
Colonial Currents: Black Women, Water, Trauma, and Baptism
Presentation and Q&A with artist and anthropologist Alexis Alleyne-Caputo.
Further to her previous projects exploring issues affecting black and brown communities, Alexis Alleyne Caputo’s project draws on current pertinent and intersecting issues, underscoring racial injustice, police brutality, climate change, COVID-19, and the global momentum supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The presentation was followed by a short Q&A with guest artist, curator, and Occhi Art & Entertainment Co-Director David Emmanuel Noel. Sept 2020
Pictures At An African Exhibition
Jazz saxophonist and composer Darryl Yokley pays homage to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky on his latest project, Pictures at an African Exhibition. While Mussorgsky’s inspiration for “Pictures at an Exhibition” came from artist Viktor Hartmann, Yokley collaborated with London-born artist David Emmanuel Noel on his similarly titled work.
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Untold Gold:African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora
AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Untold Gold’ placed the outstandingly beautiful and original work of more than 150 artists and designers from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean within the unique backdrop and raw space of Bargehouse, London.