"Stuart Yankell's painting celebrates life and the common fabric of humanity. Working in ink, oil, acrylic and digital formats, he combines abstraction with a kinetic approach rooted in classical lighting and form that both embraces historical convention and seeks to expand the language of art. . For nearly four decades, Yankell has painted a multitude of musical and dance forms such as the “Tango in Silver and Gold” included in this application as well as figurative themes from a broad range of universal settings. The works are developed through a combination of on-site painting from locations throughout the United States and abroad as well as studio work that incorporates live models and an exploration of instinct and imagination. Yankell has also worked in a variety of other disciplines including formal portraiture, bronze figure sculpture, and pure abstract painting. His work gathers strength from diversity. Incorporating large brushes attached to bamboo poles, his strokes are broad and visceral, yet at the same time precise. He has long been a student of Eastern culture and the Martial Arts and his technique reflects a visceral meditative process. He seeks to portray the balance between movement and rest, alluding to the still core of the present that transcends time. Viewed up close, the works are often entirely abstract, undulating with textural variations. At a distance however, the images crystallize in the mind of the viewer. Moving between realism and abstraction, Yankell’s painting is about seeing, depicting both the focus and periphery of natural vision. Drawn from a universe of influences and insights, Yankell’s work has been recognized for its unique and progressive voice and has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the world."