Liz Neal

About the paintings ...

'I have been continuing to downsize my practice in accordance with the current climate. I have also had to embrace Acrylic paint. It's a practical thing. I can no longer lurch around the flat covered in wet oil paint. I have a job to keep and an increasing desire for domestic order to satisfy. Tony my man and Oscar my faithful dog friend have inspired me greatly to this end. The great thing is that the credit crunch has been a time of growth for me.

I needed to enjoy everything about painting that I possibly could. The wood and fabric of the stretcher, the wet pen of brush, the mud of paint, and now also the luxury of linen. But in a pared down way, removing any excess imagery or unnecessary brushwork. The paintings were executed swiftly and barely touched after the first sitting. I have little time to dwindle. It had been a while since I concentrated on painting having lost my confidence the year before, due to some minor setbacks. Sartorial has made me strong again which has been wonderful.

Well subconsciously I had been painting all along, but I was in denial about it. 

As for subject matter, I let my heart out, as cheap and blind as a plastic bag. I chose portraiture, familiar faces which sung out to me little visual poems. I collect images just as many other hoarding Artists do, from the image bins of culture, magazines, TV, Internet etc. I love swirly writing...Some images stick in my mind for a while until I relent to paint them even though I may be troubled by what I am doing. These works are about painting and the artist's experience.

It is my desire to provoke into my life interesting conversation and to be surrounded by Art.'
Liz Neal, February 2010



Some Product confides in us, through fragmentary imagery, the life journey of the artist from her native village in Wales to London, and the journey from the countryside to the city of a generation with no paradigms, those people born in the conjuncture of the 1970's and thrown into the fray of the 1980's without being prepared for the global society. People who grew up with the puritanical Sunday sermon and the weekday discovery of sexuality through pornographic magazines.

Liz Neal embodies the freedom, desperation and aggressiveness of not knowing what god to worship, what party to vote for, what sex to feel attracted to, consuming and experiencing everything around, getting the tongue burnt and waiting to be doomed by a younger generation; more self-conscious and smart or more pure and simple.

Liz Neal grew up in North Wales, and attended Middlesex University. Graduated with an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2001, her work was immediately snapped up by the Anthony D'Offay Gallery and the entire collection was bought by Saatchi. Since then she has had solo shows globally.


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2009 Sartorial Contemporary Art