1980s Art of Renee Radell


Artist Bio highlights.  1980s art for Renee Radell was directly influenced by her move from Michigan to New York City in 1983. She quickly acclimated to the Greenwich Village art scene, with studio space in the East Village and teaching positions at Parsons School of Design and the Lacoste School of the Arts in France.


In summertime, Radell delighted in cityscape and landscape painting in pleinair of the French Vaucluse region, venturing further into extensive European travels with easel close at hand.  Using mixed media, applied to increasingly allegorical figurative work laced with surrealism and symbolism, she demonstrated a remarkable versatility and vigor  in her 1980s art from New York on the road to artistic heights.


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1980s art

Completes Synergy, an 8 foot mixed media disk based on environmental concerns, commissioned for the library atrium at Mercy College of Detroit by Dr. Henry Loring Newnan Jr. • Lectures on T.S. Eliot’s essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent” in her second appearance at Hillsdale College’s Center for Constructive Alternatives.


Funded by a grant from Marguerite Eyer Wilson Foundation, becomes a resident artist at Atelier Royce in Los Angeles where she creates a series of limited edition prints. • Has one person exhibition of prints and drawings at Nonson Gallery in Soho, New York City, her first one-person exhibition in New York since the 1960s.


Moves to West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village, New York City.

1980s art portraits

Begins teaching part-time as adjunct art professor at Parsons School of Design, which continues for 15 years.


Has retrospective exhibition at Sino Amity Gallery, Manhattan.

1980s art

Teaches painting during the summer at the Lacoste School of the Arts in Southern France. With regular exposure to en plein air painting in this legendary region, teaches, exhibits and paints in Lacoste for three summers. • Moves to East Village studio on 11th Street in New York City where she paints for next 25 years, creating major allegorical works with subjective themes.

1980s art

Has solo exhibition at the Columbia Maison Française of Columbia University, featuring work from Lacoste, France. • Begins a pattern of extensive travel in Western Europe, sketching terrain and city impressions for subsequent pictorial development back in her New York studio.


Collaborates with Lloyd on commissioned life-sized bronze sculpture of Anna Howard Shaw for the library public park in Big Rapids, Michigan.


Affiliates with Access Gallery in Soho, New York, participating in group exhibitions.