New York artist Joan Lengel combines her music and art background to create mixed media art, paintings inspired by music and portraits of famous musicians from pop to classical, including Lennon, Sinatra, David Bowie and Mozart, just to name a few.

Using a variety of media, her most recent series of portraits, “Faces, Fragments and Layers” depicts the human element that lies beneath the surface of the artist’s public persona and the challenges of achieving stardom. From her premise that life is made up of layers, fragments and different faces all building upon each other, she incorporates this in to her art. Her portraits are created with plexiglass, collage, paint and digital technology. She also uses quotes by the artists themselves to give greater insight in to their world and feelings surrounding their success. By combining all of these elements she humanizes the artist, exploring the image and connecting us on an even higher level..

Her work is shown at the 7 Arts Gallery, Stockbridge, Ma, the Print and Mercantile Gallery, Lenox, Ma. and in the tristate area at the Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York, the Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill, New York, the Mamaroneck Artist Guild, Mamaroneck, New York as well as many other music and art venues including Juilliard at Lincoln Center, New York. She is a member of several art organizations and participated in many juried exhibits.

Lengel’s art is personal and shows a side of the creative process that is truly inspiring and revealing. Despite the ups and downs artists face and the personal struggles that have sometimes led to unfortunate ends, we are left with a lasting legacy that speaks to their artistry.

                                                      Series of portraits,
                                         "FACES, FRAGMENTS AND LAYERS,"
                           of musicians and their journey to achieve success. 
  
                                  “I don't know where I'm going from here,
                                            but I promise it won't be boring.”
 
                                                   ― David Bowie

 
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