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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: mod painting, illustration, commercial design, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter who began his art career as a sculptor, Howard Mandel first studied at the Pratt Institute, where a teacher told him he could never be an artist.  Not easily discouraged, he graduated top in his class.  He also studied at the Art Students League in New York, and in France on a Fulbright Scholarship from 1951 to 1952, at the Atelier Fernand Léger, Atelier André Lhote, the Sorbonne and the Ecole Beaux Arts.

For many years, he earned money as a commercial artist, working in New York City as a magazine illustrator; a graphic and film designer for the CBS "Studio One" production, 1954-1957; and in 1955 for the NBC-TV show, Amahl & the Night Visitors

He also worked in Boston.  From 1963 to 1968, he was there as art director of Heath de Rochemont, DC Heath & Company, and in 1971 was Art Director of Film Group, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As a painter, he developed his own style and did not pattern himself after any particular teacher, but from a trip to Italy and exposure to the works of Giotto di Bondone (1266-1337) in Florence and Assisi, he realized he was working in that tradition.  Of art expression, he said: . . .there is something very wrong of one has to write a three-page essay to explain one's work." (Smith 282)

Mandel settled in the artist colony of Woodstock, New York, a place he had visited before World War II and returned after war service.  For him, Woodstock was a "chance to be with other creative people, writers as well as painters." (Smith 281)  He also loved the theatrical productions, play-reading sessions and regional opera.

Memberships included the Woodstock Art Association, American Watercolor Society, National Society of Mural Painters, National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylics and Audubon Artists.

Among his awards in addition to the Fulbright Scholarship were a Tiffany Fellowship in 1939 and 1949, and Hallmark International Awards in 1949, 1952 and 1955.

Exhibition venues were American Watercolor Society, New York Watercolor Society, Woodstock Art Association, Whitney Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy and Museum of Modern Art.

Anita M. Smith, Woodstock History and Hearsay
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Howard Mandel (from artist supplied vita)

Born February 24, 1917 in Bayside, Long Island

Pratt Institute 1936-1938; New York Sculpture Center 1938-1941; Art Students League 1950; Atelier Fernand Leger as Fulbright Fellow 1951-1952; Atelier Andre L'Hote in Paris 1952-1953.

F.W.A. Paintings purchased for Ft. Stanton Marine Hospital 1941; Tiffany Fellowship 1939, 1949; Hallmark International Award 1949, 1952, 1955; Fulbright Scholarship 1951-1952; The Arts Diretors Club Award 1955; Du Prix Arts M.G.M. 1952; National Society of Painters in Casein First Prize 1957 and 1963.

Exhibits: Group
1958-1959 Tenth Anniversary Show of Fulbright Artists circulated by the Smithsonian Institution; 1952 14th Salon Des Jeunes Peintres 1952; Metropolitan Museum of Art American Painting Today 1950 and Water Colors, Drawings and Prints 1952.

Whitney Museum of American Art; American Water Color Society; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; The Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery; Delgado Museum of Art in South Carolina; Norton Gallery in West Palm Beach; High Museum of Art; National Academy of Design; Detroit Institute of Arts; Smithsonian Institution.

Exhibits: solo
Associated American Artists 1949; The Gaso Gallery 1951 and 1953; Philadelphia Art Alliance 1955; Fairleigh Dickenson College 1955; The Roko Gallery 1957; The Rudolph Gallery 1960; Selected Artists Gallery 1964.

Howard Mandel died on June 7, 1999.

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