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Artist's Practice: Expressions of a Diaspora 

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'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

Photograph by Gary Thomas

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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. 


Politics of Art: Black Art in the Mainstream

March 20, 2022

This forms part of a series of Caribbean Fine Art Fair events in collaboration with Occhi Arts & Entertainment.

 David Emmanuel Noel is joined by Occhi's Mark Vodery, CaFA Director Dr. Lori Crawford, and celebrated artists Danny Simmons and Sadikisha Sandra Collier, to discuss black art in the mainstream and how current social, political, and economic trends will impact the industry. 

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David Emmanuel Noel in Conversation with Award-Winning Artist, Author, and Theologian Cheryl D. Miller

March 16th 2022

This forms part of a series of Caribbean Fine Art Fair events in collaboration with Occhi Arts & Entertainment. Cheryl D. Miller is a designer, author, and theologian who is best known for her diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy for black graphic designers in the industry and marketplace. An accomplished, award-winning designer and businesswoman, Miller established one of the first black women-owned design firms in New York City in 1984. She discusses her career and current projects.

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Printmaking as an Art Form – Opportunities for Beginning Collectors.  March 13th 2022

The renowned annual Caribbean Fine Art Fair (CaFA) returns virtually and in-person to Barbados to showcase the works of over four dozen black and Caribbean artists and provide a spotlight on NFTs.
The event presents a balanced selection of emerging and international artists, alongside a series of events and themed webinars including 'Printmaking as an Art Form’. Occhi’s David Emmanuel Noel and CaFA Fair Director Anderson M. Pilgrim discuss printmaking with guest artists Sadikisha Sandra Collier. Pepe Coronado, Paloma Obergh, and Taurus Cousins.

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Museum Pedagogy: Informing and Educating through a Parallel Delivery of Arts, Media, and Mentorship

David Emmanuel Noel joined Bahamian documentarian, researcher, and interdisciplinary artist Kishan Munroe, and award-winning interdisciplinary artist /anthropologist Alexis Alleyne-Caputo for the panel discussion titled ‘Museum Pedagogy: Informing and Educating through a Parallel Delivery of Arts, Media, and Mentorship’. The discussion formed part of a calendar of events at The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Conference 2021 


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Caribbean Fine Art Fair 2021: Art in a Post Digital Covid World 

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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Art & the Diaspora: A Discussion on Art and Artists from the Caribbean and Africa 

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.


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Art and the Diaspora- A discussion on Art and Artists from the Caribbean (Dec 2020)

David Emmanuel Noel interviews Anderson Pilgrim on the rise of Caribbean art and the Diaspora Now initiative in New York

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

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Alexis Alleyne Caputo 

Pictures At An African Exhibition (2017-)

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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Composer Darryl Yokley

Postcast- Pictures at an African Exhibition Revisited (2021)

Kennedy Center- Live Performance and Installation (2019)

Untold Gold:African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (2013)

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.

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