The Whimsy of Artist Leo Garel Fills the WNYC Masterwork Bulletin.

WNYC History Notes

Friday, November 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM

From the Collection

LEO GAREL (1917-1999)

Garel created more than two dozen illustrations for the WNYC Masterwork Bulletin between 1939 and 1941. Leo Garel was an American artist and cartoonist whose work was published in The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, and Playboy, among others. He was born in Brooklyn and attended Parsons School of Design, the New York School of Fine and Applied Art and the Art Students League



Following his work for WNYC, Garel traveled to New Mexico, where he painted and exhibited at the legendary Blue Door Gallery and at Galeria Escondida in Taos. Later in life, Garel lived and worked in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Encouraged by his friendship with the psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson, who himself had worked as a painter, Garel was a pioneer and an innovator in art psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. He taught painting and continued to exhibit actively until his death in 1999. For more Garel drawings see the slideshow below. (WNYC Archives Collection)


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Applause for WNYC by Leo Garel
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Art on WNYC by Leo Garel
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Listening to WNYC by Leo Garel
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Doctors on the Air by Leo Garel
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Family at the NY Worlds Fair by Leo Garel
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Fireman by Leo Garel
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Fish on WNYC by Leo Garel
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Gagged Announcer by Leo Garel
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Disc Jockey by Leo Garel
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Election Coverage on WNYC by Leo Garel
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WNYC Truck by Leo Garel
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WNYC Scholar by Leo Garel
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WNYC Alarm Clock by Leo Garel


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