“Neil Canning’s beautiful, controlled and breathing prints, made of intense pure colour, hover in the realm of the sublime. They are fresh, poetic and brave”
John Hoyland R.A
Neil canning is a contemporary British artist whose work appears in private, public and important corporate collections throughout the world.
From his early beginnings in Oxfordshire to rural Wales and Cornwall, landscape has always been a major source of inspiration. Since 1997 it is Cornwall that he now calls home. The coast and moors of this beautiful and dramatic peninsular have helped to give his work a sense of space and drama. During this time he has been closely associated with the new generation of St Ives artists and in 1997 was included in the exhibition Art Now Cornwall at Tate St Ives.
In 2007 he moved out of St Ives to a small village near Marazion where he created a large purpose built studio. This space has given him more opportunity to work on much larger canvases. Living slightly more inland away from the full force of the ocean has allowed his work to develop further. His colour palette has become wider, incorporating much softer greys and earth colours.
The other notable development over recent years is that Neil’s subject matter has become much more diverse. Trips to both New York and Hong Kong resulted in an ongoing series of abstracted cityscapes where skyscrapers are transformed into intense pillars of light. Travel has often been the catalyst that allowed a change of direction, introducing new forms or colour combinations.
Throughout his career Neil has exhibited in London on a regular basis. In 2011 he won the main prize in the prestigious Discerning Eye Exhibition sponsored by ING. He was then invited by the bank to have a solo show at their London headquarters in the city. He has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, his first appearance was at the age of 21 when a self portrait was selected. He has also had a major presence at art fairs, including London Art Fair since 1991.
For the last 20 years printmaking has also been a very important part of Neil’s output. During this time he has worked in the studio of Advanced Graphics London who publish his limited edition screenprints. It was here that he met and worked alongside artists such as, Albert Irvin, John Hoyland, Craigie Aitchison and Basil Beattie.
1960 Born Enstone, Oxfordshire 1990 Moved to Wales 1997 Moved to Cornwall 2011Honorary Doctorate received from University of Exeter for ‘ an outstanding contribution to contemporary British art.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016Lemon Street Gallery, Truro 2015Chapel Place Gallery, Tunbridge Wells 2015Lemon Street Gallery, Truro 2014Lemon Street Gallery Truro, Cornwall 2013Advanced Graphics, London 2013Gallery Tegfryn, Angelsey 2012ING Bank Headquarters, London 2012Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall 2011Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire 2010Fine Art Ireland, Belfast 2010Advanced Graphics, London 2010Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall 2009Portland Gallery, London 2008New Millennium Gallery, St Ives 2006 Portland Gallery, London 2006 New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives 2005 Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff 2004 New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives 2004 Advanced Graphics, London 2003 Lowry Hotel, Manchester 2003 Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge 2002 New Millennium Gallery, St Ives 2001 Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire 2001 University of Exeter, The Northcote Gallery 2000 Advanced Graphics, London 2000 New Millennium Gallery, St Ives 1999 International Art Consultants, London 1998 Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff 1997 St Ives Festival Exhibition, The Book Gallery, St Ives 1996 The Gallery, Manchester 1995 On-Line Gallery, Southampton 1995 International Art Consultants, London 1994 Upton Lodge Gallery, Tetbury, Gloucestershire 1993 Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff 1992 Oughterson House, Barbados
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 London Art Fair 2016 CCA International, Jersey, Channel Islands 2016 The Stour Gallery 2016 Unit London 2015 London Art Fair 2014 RWA, Open Exhibition 2013 Ifpda Print Fair, Advanced Graphics, New York 2013 Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2011 National Open Art Competition, Chichester 2011‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London – Prize winner ING Purchase Prize 2010Ifpda Print Fair, Advanced Graphics, New York 2009Royal West of England Academy, ‘A Cornish Perspective’ 2007 Art Now Cornwall , Tate, St Ives, Cornwall 2007Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire 2006 Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria 2006 The Original Print Gallery, Dublin. Advanced Graphics Artists 2006 Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2005 Advanced Graphics, Ifpda Print Fair, New York 2004 Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2003 Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2003 West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Ireland – Graphics 2002 International Eigse, Carlow, Ireland – 2001 ‘The Discerning Eye’Mall Galleries, London – Invited artist. 2001 Wiseman Gallery, Oxford – Graphics 2001 Advanced Graphics, London. Three man show, John Hoyland, Albert Irvin and Neil Canning 2000 Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire 2000 Royal Academy Summer Show 2000 The Original Print Gallery, Dublin – Leading British Artists from Advanced Graphics London 2000 Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk – Graphics. 1999 Advanced Graphics, London. 1999 The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire 1999 Art London 1994-2001 20th Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London 1992-2012 London Art Fair, Islington, London 1998 Vital Art, Atlantis Gallery, London 1995 Ghent Art Fair 1994 Europ’Art, Geneva, Switzerland 1994 Paris Salon (Bronze Medal Winner) 1992 Museum Of Modern Art, Oxford 1991 St Davids Cathedral 1990 Beaux Arts, Bath 1987 National Portrait Gallery, London. John Player Portrait Competition 1985 Southampton Art Gallery 1985 Ceri Richards Gallery, University of Swansea
Selected Public Collections
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Bank of England British Embassy, Venezuela British Land plc Canon Group Cardiff Central Library Civil Aviation Authority Credit Suisse Eagle Star Group Ernst & Young Glaxo SmithKlineBeecham Ford Motor Company Ltd H. J. Heinz & Company Limited H.M. Customs & Excise I.C.I. ING Bank John Lewis Plc J.P. Morgan Investment Managment Inc London Hospitals Trust London Insurance Market Investment Trust Mitsubishi Corp M.B.N.A. International Bank Ltd National Westminster Bank Nuffield Fund, Paintings in Hospitals O2 Private Patients Plan Rolls Royce Standard Life Taylor Woodrow Unilever University of Exeter University of Leicester University of Sheffield University of Wales University of Warwick United Nations, New York Private Collections Worldwide