Christopher Engel

As Max Beckmann said: “Space, and space again, is the infinite deity which surrounds us and in which we are ourselves contained.”

Over the years my work has ranged from landscape to social-political to abstract-landscape and to purely abstract.

Throughout my artistic life and work my interest has been with spatial concerns. Even as a landscape painter in the 70’s I was deeply affected by the relationship of the elements of the landscape, trees, shrubs, flowers, bushes, elements on the periphery and near and far everything worked to define the space that contained and moved me.

These are the same things that informed my abstract paintings which I see as meditations on space.

As with Max Beckman, the space around us to me is the defining characteristic that makes us aware and allows us to function in our environment. Creating this feeling of space in my abstract work with color, texture, line, scale, scraping, dripping etc. is what satisfies my aesthetic needs.

Photo of Christopher Engel




The Fan Shaped Paintings evolved from the process of mixing paint in paper coffee cups. As I noticed the intriguing arrangement and patterns of color and shapes in the mixing cups I began to set the cups aside to save those images. Years later, I began unfolding the stacks cups I had saved to see the images and patterns of color. I was also attracted to the fan-like shape of the opened cups. The spontaneous nature of the color and shapes on my palette of “coffee cups” became the genesis of the creation of the Fan Paintings.

Meditations on Space

Small Paintings (1999-2004)

Soft Paintings

Small Studies 2008

Byrdcliffe Paintings




2017 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2016 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2014 Commons Gallery Margaretville, NY
2014 Zoom Gallery, Fleishmanns, NY "Selections"
2006 Erpf Gallery, Arkville, NY “A Selection of Works”
2004 The Commons, Margaretville, NY “Survey from the 1980s to 2004
1991 Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY
1987 Soho Gallery, Seattle, WA, “Selected Works”
1986 Hundredwaters Gallery, Seattle, WA, “New Works”
1982 Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Rites of Passage”


2017 WAAM Woodstock, NY “Abstract Evocative”
2014 Zoom Gallery, Fleishmanns, NY "Summer Show"
2011 Byrdcliffe Members Show
2010 Byrdcliffe Members Show
2010 Byrdcliffe Small Works Show
2010 Woodstock Artist Association and Museum Show
2008 Woodstock Artist Association and Museum Gray Matter Show
2008 Woodstock Artist Association and Museum Inside/Outside the Box
2008 Woodstock Artist Association and Museum Small Works on Paper
2004 Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY, “Now, Then and Before”
2003 Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY,
1994 Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Men in Suits”
1989 Print Show, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NY
1988 Hundredwaters Gallery, Seattle, WA, “Art and Religion”
1987 New York Print Fair, Eldindean Press
1986 Summit Show, Seattle, WA
1986 Pierot Gallery, Seattle, WA
1985 Donnally Books Gallery, Seattle, WA, “Woodcuts”
1985 Fourwalls, Hoboken, NJ
1983 Sharpe Gallery, NY, “Self-Image”


2012 and 2011 Byrdcliffe June Artist’s Residency Programs


Elected to the board of Woodstock Artist Association and Museum


2011 Woodstock Artist Association and Museum 3rd Annual Regional
Show Honored for Best Abstract Painting in Show
2011 Woodstock Artist Association and Museum March Group Show Honorable Mention
1985 Grant from Change, Inc.
Full Tuition Scholarship, Art Center College of Design


Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
Carol Pulin, Print Curator Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Hahn, Print Specialist Christies, NYC
Mary Lou Knode, Print Department MOMA, NYC
Kathy Caraccio, Print Maker and Publisher of Etchings, NYC
Leslie and Stuart Reiser, Wayne, NJ.
Rouse Corporation, New York, NY
Robert Heller, Brooklyn, New York,

New York City,
Dallas, TX
London, UK
San Francisco, CA
Melbourne, Australia
Sag Harbor, NY


Studied with: Richard Pousette-Dart at the Art Students League, 1976-1981
Roberto Delomonica, Julian Levy, Vaclav Vytlacil
Art Center College of Design, 1969-1971
Chicago Academy of Fine Art, 1964- 1966