North Shore Studio


Ted Hamel was born in 1990 and has been a member of the Arts of Life since 2016. To view his artwork is to enter a strange and delightful world of fictional characters from the silver screen interacting with political figures, current events, train lines and locomotives. Ted finds meaning in his artwork by exploring his emotions through subject matter and color in his narrative based artwork.

“It helps me feel my feelings. Red: that’s an angry color. Dark blue: sadness. Yellow for happiness. Pink is a love and happiness color.” 

Ted presents raw emotion in his artwork. The results are engaging and relatable as the viewer witnesses feelings of anger, sadness and rage in reaction to news media reporting.

“I’d like to work harder. Get stuff out of my head. It’s when I sleep. Dreams and sometimes nightmares.” 

In addition to drawing, Hamel is a singer and harmonica player for the band Van Go Go. He was the North Shore artist of the month in April 2019 and has had artwork featured on Arts of Life merchandise.

Selected Exhibits

The Other Art Fair

Mana Contemporary - 2019

Permanent Collection

The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017

Carson's Furniture Gallery

Wilmette, IL - 2017