Biography Artist Camille Engel Contemporary Realist Oil Painter
Artists Beginnings in Realism Painting
During her 35-year career, Camille Engel has transitioned from graphic design to oil paintings, and from corporate logos to prestigious fine art exhibitions.
At the age of 23, Camille opened her own graphic design firm in Tulsa. Years later, she moved to Nashville where she met her husband, Todd Engel. Together they established a new graphic design firm, Engel Creative, specializing in logo design, advertising materials and packaging for clients such as Random House, Fruit of the Loom, MCA, RCA, and Warner/Curb.
In 2000, heeding advice to Pursue the dream that burns inside you, Engel began oil painting, intuitively in a realistic style. She and her husband immediately realized this was where she needed to apply her artistic talent and Todd took full control of the design firm.
Artist Recognized in Contemporary Realist Movement
An accomplished oil painter, artist Camille Engel pursues the aims of the realist movement with remarkable passion and skill. Accepted among some of the worlds top realists and into prestigious museum tours and art exhibitions from Santa Fe to New York City, winning awards along the way Engels work hangs in corporate, public and private art collections. Her paintings have been published in national magazines such as American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, The Artists Magazine, Southwest Art and the American Artist with articles referencing realism paintings.
Camille Engels contemporary realism oil paintings are being acquired by prominent corporate and private collections: The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga; Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital and Baptist Hospital in Nashville; as well as the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA to name a few.
Recent Awards & Recognitions:
BEST WILDLIFE: International Guild of Realism, Palm Springs, CA, Trespasser
PEOPLES CHOICE: American Art in Miniature 2008, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, Out on a Limb.
Related story in Western Art Collector Jan. 2009.
BEST OF SHOW: Artclectic 2007, University school, Nashville, TN. Wendy H. Outland, juror.
MUSEUM TOUR: Sunflower at the Old Factory is compared to a Vincent Van Gogh sunflower: The New Reality- The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century. Related story in Southwest Art Magazine Aug. 2008.
GILCREASE MUSEUM: Tulsa, OK: Engels painting, My Little Chickadee brought an unprecedented bidding war at American Art in Miniature 2007.
MAGAZINE COVER WINNER: The American Artist Magazine 2007 Cover Competition, May 2007 issue.
ARTISTS CHOICE: “Home Sweet Home II awarded in 2006 Intl Realism Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM. Related stories in Jan/Feb 07 The Artists Magazine; and Sept. 06 American Art Collector [reproductions].
LEADING MASTER OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM 2007 International Realism Exhibition, Cape Cod, MA.
THE BEST OF REALISM: July 2006 International Realism Exhibition, Cape Cod, MA.
Select Corporate, Public & Private Art Collections
The Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, GA
The Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN
Chattanoogan Hotel, Main Lobby, Chattanooga, TN
Metropolitan Nashville Government, Nashville, TN
Donia Dickerson, Nashville, TN
Drs. Alan and Janet Yuspeh, Franklin, TN
Dr. Julie Sandine, Dean of the Vanderbilt Law School
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Waltrip, Franklin, TN
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Calloway, Nashville, TN
Martina McBride, Franklin, TN