Neil Canning - New Paintings
1 August 2018 - 23 August 2018
Born in 1960, Neil is an artist synonymous with bold abstraction. He gained early success painting semi-figurative landscapes in his native Oxfordshire, before moving to Wales in 1990. It is here that he developed his style, as he explains;
“Wales played a very important role in my development as a painter and I believe it was being here that allowed me to find my true voice as an artist. The grandeur of the hills and mountains and the drama of the coast encouraged me to use paint in a much more gestural way. By using abstraction, I discovered that I could develop a much more emotional response to my surroundings. The power of the elements and the effect they had on the landscape really became my subject matter. I like to think of my paintings almost like poems - memories hanging in mid-air. So in a way I am trying to capture the sensations of being in a particular place, temperature, movement and light.”
Despite the abstract quality of his work, his paintings are always firmly rooted in nature, and he considers himself very much a part of the landscape tradition. He has been based in Cornwall since the late nineties and is considered a leading figure of the new generation of St Ives School.
He has achieved great success as an artist; aged 23 he was the youngest artist ever to be elected an Associate of the Royal Society of British Artists, and won the Bronze Medal at the Paris Salon of 1994. In 2011 he won the major prize at the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London. He has had many solo exhibitions in the UK and abroad and his work features in many prestigious public and private collections. In recent years, he has worked on high profile public commissions, including in Wales, John Lewis, Cardiff and Cardiff Central Library.Neil has been exhibiting with Martin Tinney Gallery since 1991.
The main body of work in this latest exhibition is inspired by the impressive scale and sweeping dynamic of the Welsh landscape. From the mountains of Snowdonia to the green valleys of mid and south Wales, these new paintings evoke the changing light and seasons of this dramatic land.