About Arthur Neal
Arthur Neal was born in 1951, and studied at Camberwell School of Art under Euan Uglow. The son of an under-secretary to the Queen, Neal grew up living in Kensington Palace and as an adolescent formed an intense and passionate relationship with one of the descendant’s of the promiscuous Augustus John. 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.
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.
Neal has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows including with the Royal Academy (for 16 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.
Over the past four decades, Arthur Neal has been awarded a number of prizes the most prestigious including: Being elected for the NEAC in 1992, 1987 and 1990-92 being selected for the Hunting/Observer Art Awards at the Mall Galleries in London and in 1985 exhibiting at J.P.S. Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
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