“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.

Neil Canning and Marie Louise Jones at Lemon Street Gallery


1960    Born Enstone, Oxfordshire
1990    Moved to Wales
1997    Moved to Cornwall
2011    Honorary Doctorate received from University of Exeter for ‘ an outstanding contribution to contemporary British art.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016    Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2015    Chapel Place Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2015    Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2014    Lemon Street Gallery Truro, Cornwall
2013    Advanced Graphics, London
2013    Gallery Tegfryn, Angelsey
2012    ING Bank Headquarters, London
2012    Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
2011    Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
2010    Fine Art Ireland, Belfast
2010    Advanced Graphics, London
2010    Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
2009    Portland Gallery, London
2008    New 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
2010      Ifpda Print Fair, Advanced Graphics, New York
2009      Royal West of England Academy, ‘A Cornish Perspective’
2007      Art Now Cornwall , Tate, St Ives, Cornwall
2007      Stour 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
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
Private Patients Plan
Rolls Royce
Standard Life
Taylor Woodrow
University of Exeter
University of Leicester
University of Sheffield
University of Wales
University of Warwick
United Nations, New York
Private Collections Worldwide