Monday, August 5, 2013


Above:  In the Garden, a Pastel on Canvas     Below:  Lollipops, Pastel on Sanded Paper

Joel Spector has come a long way, geographically and career wise, since he arrived on American shores at the age of 12 from Havana, Cuba.  An artist of national and international fame, he has done illustration work for decades, first in fashion work for accounts like Bill Blass and Christian Dior, and now he has branched out to oils and pastels and silverpoint drawings.

Silverpoint is an ancient art form dating back to Leonardo da Vinci and was used by artists, scribes and craftsmen.  It is made by dragging a silver wire or rod across a hard or soft surface in a fine line.  Graphite, chalk and ink replaced silverpoint but Joel Spector has revised this stylized form of precise art.  Lines once drawn can not be erased so it takes a clear hand and eye coordination to accomplish.

A resident of New Milford, his work has been published in books for adults and children, magazines, advertising, newspapers and corporate annual reports.  To view this award-winning work, visit the Community Room and Conference Room of the Easton Public Library all summer through September.

If you happen to be cruising, look for Joel Spector's murals on the Royal Caribbean Line or on the walls of the John Pettibone Children's Library in New Milford.  He has also painted such notables as Al Hirschfeld, Patrice Munsel, Celeste Holm and Eli Wallach.  Go to for a virtual tour of his extensive works of art, from portraits to nudes to still life.

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