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'Some pass money or jewelry on to the next generation. For Simone, however, the most precious gift her father, Albert, gave her was the gift of expression. So began one of the most intriguing, artistic legacies in American history.
To honor the achievements and extraordinary, artistically-creative talent of her late father, Simone is creating a limited number of original art pieces inspired by some of his sketches. These are available in the 'Fennell Legacy Collection' which are reproduced as signed, limited giclee's (with Certificates of Authenticity) and open edition prints. Contact Safari Fine Art for purchase.
ALBERT FENNELL (1950-2002) - Visual Artist
'Spending my early years to investigate life and its effect on humanity, I believe every person has a purpose and is destined to fulfill it. Through my work I strive to create a communication level with all people, dealing with truth, pride and beauty. I thank God for the talent given me...and the opportunity to present it to you.'
Fennell's artistic talents became apparent by the age of five...drawing his favorite cartoon characters. As a sixth grader, his landscape picture was selected in a district-wide competition and exhibited in the San Diego Museum of Art. This was destined to be the first of many notable accomplishments, public acclaim and significant achievements received by Fennell.
In high school, he distinguished himself in track and field. He received public acclaim and acknowledgment for athletic excellence and continued his track and field achievement throughout college. He was the South Coast Conference Champion in the 440 yard dash and distinguished himself as a member of the Mile Relay Team.
A major portion of his military service was aboard the renowned U.S.S. Ticonderoga. He had the opportunity to participate in the Sky Lab II Space Capsule recovery before receiving an honorable discharge.
In the early 1970's, during college art classes, Fennell was introduced to the Rapidograph pen. His natural design abilities created a genuine flair for this medium and he began developing his recognizable pen and ink style.
In the late 1980's, his skill and familiarity with the pen and ink medium continued to grow. It evolved and developed naturally into the refined, free-flowing, elongated style for which he became recognized and celebrated. His increasing knowledge and appreciation for other mediums served to strengthen his artist expression.
The foundation of his artistic career path continued its formation throughout his college years. During this time, he met his future wife and business partner, Shanna. A few years after marriage, they began concentrating on business opportunities and the vision which helped define his artistic impact and eventual legacy. They traveled extensively throughout the United States promoting Albert's creative talents.
During the 1990's, Fennell was frequently a featured artist, with two art publishers, during the prestigious New York International Art Expo and the Galleria. Listed as a few of his selected accomplishments are--selection as an African American Role Model ( in art) by the 'San Diego Museum of Art'; he received national recognition and publication in the 'Artist Market' for his illustration for the San Diego Repertory Theater's production of 'A Christmas Carol'; his art graced the cover of several books and selected for several popular television sitcoms...and his list of achievements continues.
At the time of his passing, Albert was one of the more recognizable, popular and celebrated artists in his field. He mentored several young artists, including his daughter, Simone. His artistic legacy continues to receive national acclaim while the value and demand of his artwork has steadily increased. Shanna, and their daughter, Simone, continue to promote his artistic legacy.
SIMONE FENNELL, Visual Artist
'I Paint Feelings'
Art has always been a part of Simone Fennell's lifestyle.
At a very young age, she traveled with her parents (Albert and Shanna Fennell) throughout the country exhibiting her father's works of art. This native San Diegan exhibited enormous pride as her father became one of the more recognizable and celebrated, national artists. The public acclaim he achieved left a definite impression on the young Ms. Fennell.
This impression was so strong, that, as an admiring eight year old, Simone decided to use her father's prisma-colored pencils during an art festival in Northern California. She boldly added her own 'strokes' to a portrait of herself--which her father had just completed. Customers soon crowded around, with awe and amazement, watching this young protege put the finishing touches on what they believed was a self-portrait! Albert smiled, bursting with pride, as he introduced his newest protege and put things in the proper perspective when he said he was the artist of her portrait.
Simone's parents nurtured her as she assisted in the family's art business and became exposed to the world of fine art as they visited art museums, galleries, art exhibits and talking to other artists. After a lifetime of watching her father paint, sketch and draw, an artistic foundation was firmly established.
Their move to Las Vegas, Nevada, during her high school years was a welcomed change. Along with the glitz and glamor of the city, Simone continued her pursuit towards a theatrical arts career. However, within a few years, life-changing experiences were in store for Ms. Fennell.
To express emotions following the loss of her father, her mother suggested she 'go paint'. This ignited dormant artistic qualities and her creative energy was released. Simone embraced the artistic legacy from her father and now creatively 'strokes' her own art creations.
Ms. Fennell's contemporary, figurative style often depicts females with soft, flowing lines and fluidity in their movement. She brings hints of culture, balance and inspiration to her abstract designs. Her interpretation and innate use of color is a compliment to the precious gift of expression she received at her father's knee.
Simone has completed a few art workshops and enjoyed limited, private art instruction. She plans to enhance her natural abilities with professional art training and additional education. She has also completed the coursework and training to receive a license in Cosmetology.
Some of her accomplishments have been the creation of an original piece of art for a family featured on the television show, 'Extreme Makeover-Home Edition'; a 5-year contract with both, a major gift manufacturer and representation by a major art publisher. She has exhibited in major art shows in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and Atlanta. In 2005, she was the youngest, juried artist in a special, two-month, father-daughter exhibit with the Clark County Art Museums in Las Vegas. In 2006, she was accepted in the New York Art Expo as a SOLO exhibitor and also sponsored to exhibit at the 2006 ARWI Festival at the convention center's grand opening in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Simone is currently developing new avenues for her art. Simone and Shanna plan to market Fennell artwork and continue the legacy.