Printmaker and painter Richard Pantell was born in the Bronx in 1951. Although he now spends most of his time in Woodstock, New York, he fondly remembers his roots and the Big Apple remains the most fertile source of his inspiration. He was educated at a time when second generation abstract expressionists dominated the world of academia. He rejected their thesis and focused his interest on the unpopular social realists of the 1930s.
Pantell’s New York is a synthesis of people, streets, cars, bridges and subways with all their sounds, rhythms and energies. He presents city scenes: crowded and lonely, frightening and comforting, mysterious and vividly clear.
Richard is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA), the Art Students League, Audubon Artists, Woodstock Artists Association, the Print Club of Albany and Allied Artists.
He has received many awards, including Juror’s Mention Award, Butler Institute of American Art, 2001; the Audubon Artists Silver Medal for Painting, 2000; Will Barnet Award, SAGA, 2000; Grumbacher Gold Medal, Allied Artists, 1996 and 1998.
Listed in “Fielding’s Guide to Painters, Sculptors and Engravers”, “Who’s Who in American Art” and “Who’s Who in the East”. An Article was written on Richard Pantell in “American Artist” magazine, February 1987.