Daniel Adel has worked as a portraitist, illustrator, and fine artist since graduating from Dartmouth College in 1984. Adel’s work includes classic portraits, such as his paintings of President Barack Obama and of numerous magazine editors, university presidents, and CEOs; whimsical caricatures of newsmakers like Alec Baldwin for Atlantic and Jimmy Carter for the Wall Street Journal; and illustrations that depict broad topics ranging from politics to costume dramas. TIME chose Adel to paint its 2004 Person-of-the-Year cover, President George W. Bush. His editorial illustrations have also appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Forbes, and the Washington Post, among many other publications in the U.S. and internationally. He works in watercolors and oils, and is also a gifted photographer.
Adel was one of the artists featured in a touring exhibition featuring original art produced over the last 50 year for the cover of the German magazine DER SPIEGEL. In 2001 Adel’s paintings appeared in the Lincoln Center production of Ten Unknowns, by Jon Robin Baitz, starring Donald Sutherland. He illustrated a children’s book, The Book that Jack Wrote, by Jon Scieszka, and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators.
A native of New York City, Adel and his family live in a village in Provence, France.