Artist William Engel paints in a studio in the Chelsea District of New York.
In December 2016, Skoto Gallery in the Chelsea Art District of NYC was pleased to show his work along with glass sculptor Jeremy Silva.
In 2013, he was commissioned to complete five 5’x7′ paintings for the hallways and two paintings for the guest suites of the new William Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The hotel opened in spring 2014.
“William Engel’s work speaks a multilayered language that is at once personal and full of thoughtful inclusion, characterized by carefully organized rhythm of organic forms, mastery of the nuances of color and composition as well as a display of emotional intensity. As an artist who constantly interrogates what he sees, he strives to shape and reshape the basis of his art as well as impress upon us a sense of adventure and discovery. A prolonged viewing of his work is often richly rewarded as even what seems a restful background of his invented landscapes becomes an imaginary charged space of incredible tension in which the planes are subtly but sharply de-centered. His work evokes a poetic intimacy that allows the past to be continually revealed through the present.” —Skoto Agahowa
New York interior designers and architects, such as In Situ Design, Lilian B. Interiors, Richard Keith Langham, Charles Pavarini III, Robert Kaner Design, and Ageloff Associates have commissioned paintings for their clients’ residences in New York City, the Hamptons and across the country. His work is also in the estate of Whitney Houston.
His paintings have been installed in commercial and hospitality locations, including the corporate lobby of Time Warner on Columbus Circle in New York City, Shering-Plough headquarters in New Jersey, the New York School of Interior Design, and The William Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
“The design of The William Hotel was an intimate collaboration blurring the lines between art, architecture, and interior design. Paintings were commissioned for the corridors on each of five floors in distinct color fields—blue, teal, pink, green and orange. The abstract forms of the paintings were translated into rooms where guests could fully experience color.… Bill’s paintings were created in our studio … so the paint, the palette and the hotel design evolved together as one thing …” —Mason Wickham and Edwin Zawadski, In Situ Design.
His process for creating the landscapes involves pouring paint onto the canvas and manipulating the canvas back and forth to guide its placement. When the paint is dry—up to two weeks later—he continues, repeating pouring and drying for as many as 10 layers.