Neil’s primary focus in drawing: its apparent limitations offer a purity and intimacy that brings artist and viewer much closer. Marks are immediate, expressive, and exposed, tainted by mood, thought, and environment – or, sometimes, deliberately and precisely not so.
The hinterland between what is a drawing, and what is a painting, directly reflects his fascination with boundaries and transitional spaces. Whether the spaces themselves or focusing on found objects within them, he is particularly drawn to unnoticed, unassuming, insignificant subjects.
Returning to art after two decades, Neil has learned the strength in variety, versatility, and exploration whilst retaining craft: how something is created – its process, its craft – is as vital to the finished piece as its motivation.