Paul Tappenden – bio

Tappenden’s career has taken many different paths and diversions from printmaking to watercolors, to oil paintings and acrylics, pen and ink drawings and portraits.

He has painted many different subjects, but has developed a local reputation for his paintings of the Hudson Valley, and the quaint Victorian Village of Nyack, where he has lived for 30 years.


During the past couple of years, Tappenden has worked to develop a new technique, called fresco découvrir, which bridges the gap between painting and traditional fresco.

In his latest work, he refers back to his European beginnings, with scenes that capture the old world peace and beauty that makes us yearn for simpler times.


He studied as a painter in England, coming to New York in the mid-seventies, where he began a career as a printmaker, creating several editions of etchings, which found a ready national market.


In 1979, he started working in the entertainment industry, painting for Broadway, TV and over fifty movies.  He also worked as a muralist, using his specialized talents in the movies such as Cotton Club and Legal Eagles. His clients have included The Plaza Hotel, Essex House, Ralph Loren, Old Navy and the Whitney Estate, as well as venues throughout the Tri-state area and beyond.  His mural work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Town and Country and many other publications.


As a fine artist, Tappenden has received numerous awards and much acclaim from sources including the New York State Legislature.  He has also been active in the NY arts community as a curator, organizer and consultant.

His studio is located at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, in Garnerville, New York, an active and vital arts community, which has been referred to as a regional arts Mecca by Gannet Newspapers.  Much of this is no doubt due to Tappenden’s influence and contributions. 


Stuff about Paul

 Recent awards (partial list):
> Pride of Rockland Arts Award 2003
> Rockland County Execs Award for Visual Arts 2003
> Artist of the Year, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw 2006

> Award of Excellence, Rockland County Executive 2006

> Art in Public Places Committee 2003-2006
> Pride of Rockland Committee 2006
> Arts Council of Rockland Scholarship Committee 2005
> Rockland Center for the Arts, Exhibitions Committee 1998-2006
> Hospice of Rockland Exhibition Subcommittee 2006-2007

> Nyack Art Walk 2006

> 24x24 Project - multimedia arts event (250+ artists and performers) 2004
> Gatherings at GAGA. 2003-2004
Helped organize:
> Exhibition for Harriet Cornell, Chairperson of Rockland County Legislature 2004
> Fundraiser/art show - Rockland Family Shelter 2005
> Rockland County Arts Festival 2005
> Exhibitions at Rockland County Jury Room 2004/5
> Garnerville Arts Festivals and exhibitions 2003-2005
> Rockland Country Day School Fundraisers/exhibits 2004 & 2005
> Critical MASS – Artists & Musicians Aid Victims of Hurricane Katrina 2005
> Nyack Art Walks 2006

 Donated works:
> Murals in Nyack Village Hall and Nyack Hospital
> Note Cards and matted prints - Friends of the Nyacks 2002-2006
> Prize painting for Rockland Gay Pride 2004
> Covers: Guide to the Nyacks and 2005, Rockland County Tour Guide 2005-6, Rivertown & Hook Magazines
> Recent Articles: Bergen County Magazine, Journal News, Rockland County Times, Rockland Magazine and Rivertown Magazine.