From Saturday 1 February, we are delighted to host a new selection of paintings by Arthur Neal (of the New English Art Club). Neal's paintings straddle the figurative as well as the abstract, but always the objective is balance. The artist is renowned for his sophisticated use of colour and his eye for complex composition — he is a painter held in the very highest of esteem by his contemporaries and collectors alike. For this reason, it takes a little good fortune to have visited the Gallery over the past two years and to have viewed one of his paintings in the flesh, but we can assure you that this time, they will stay hung on our walls a little longer than usual!
The showcase will run from Saturday 1 February until 14 February. Please join us at the Preview Day from 10:30am. If you can attend the Preview, please RSVP via email or telephone.
View the works on our exhibition page — which will be updated over the coming weeks.
Arthur Neal works largely in impasto – his work defined by a rich, sometimes lugubrious, colour palette, coupled with a heavily textural treatment of oil paint. Viewing his work demands a period of contemplation to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of the paintings. There is a process of discovery, a sense of evolution reflecting the laborious artistic process that Arthur Neal takes on creating a work of art where the initial abstraction gives way to a figurative composition.
Arthur Neal was born in 1951, and studied at Camberwell School of Art under Euan Uglow.
Neal later taught at Metropole, Folkstone and Maidstone Colleges of Art. He is a member of the New English Art Club (NEAC) and has illustrated and published two books on the poetry of Edward Thomas.
Neal has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows including with the Royal Academy (for sixteen years including 2015 where his work was selected for merit by author Sebastian Faulks); The New English Arts Club, London; Cadogan Contemporary, London; Merriscourt gallery, Oxford; Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London; Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge and the Alton Gallery London.
Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
Hunting/Observer Art Awards
Discerning Eye Exhibitions
JPS Portrait Award
Royal Academy ‘Summer Exhibition’ – His artwork was selected for merit by author Sebastian Faulks
Arthur is also a member of the New English Art Club.