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Neil Pittaway NEAC RWS RE

About

See below for artist information or to get more of a personal insight, read our interview with Neil Pittaway.

Artist Statement

Neil Pittaway’s works reflect ideas from East and Western sources and perspectives such as Anglo-European heritage, transatlantic connections, Asian landscapes, gothic revival architecture, urbanness, satire, illustration and narrative. His work incorporates and explores these identities through direct and indirect observation creating complex and seemingly agoraphobic, perspective spaces; a labyrinth, which reflects the built and natural environments and echoes the monumental histories that make up our collective European and International identities, our heritage.

Method of Working

Neil’s drawings, paintings and prints are developed from extensive research and sketches produced from direct and indirect observation. He uses many different skills, methods, techniques and processes to create richly layered tapestries on the pictures’ surfaces. His drawings and etchings employ a detailed network of line, bitten deep into copper plate or drawn using traditional dip pen and ink whilst his paintings employ more spontaneous yet complex layered marks drawing on the luminous qualities of the paint’s pigments. Everywhere Neil travels he works directly from the subject using sketchbooks to record a journey; in recent years this has included trekking extensively in the Nepal Himalayas. These records are then used directly and indirectly to create finished works that capture the essences of time and place.

Biographical Details

2004-05 University of Huddersfield, Post-Graduate Certificate in Education
2001 Contributor, The Great Artists series, Tim Marlow, Channel 5 Television
1998-2001 Royal Academy Schools, London Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art
1996-98 University of Bradford, MA Printmaking
1995 D. H. Lawrence Museum Commission1992-96 Cheltenham School of Art, BA Hons Painting

Collections

Alpine Club
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Arts Club, Mayfair, London
Art House, Wakefield, Yorkshire,UK
Bradford School of Art, Bradford College, Yorkshire, UK
Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London
Guildhall Art Library, Corporation of London, City of London
Guy’s Hospital, London
D.H. Lawrence Museum, Nottinghamshire, UK
Heritage Malta Collection, Valletta, Malta
Indian Institute of Contemporary Art, Mumbai, India
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
Royal Collection, London
Royal Air Force, (Air Cadets, North Regional Headquarters), RAF Linton-On-Ouse, York, Yorkshire, UK  
Royal Watercolour Society Diploma Collection, Bankside Gallery, London
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Other Societies

Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Royal Society of Painter–Printmakers (RE), Associate Member of the Alpine Club, London, Leeds Fine Artists (LFA)

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

2008 The Judges' Choice Prize A1 Northern Open, Richmond, Yorkshire
2007 The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Vivien Leigh Bequest Printmaking Prize
2000 The Gwen May RE and Joseph Webb Prizes, National Print Exhibition, London
2001 The British Institution Prize for Printmaking, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2001 The Excellence in Drawing Award, The Arts Club, Mayfair, London
2001 The John Smith Award, RWS 21st Century Watercolour RWS Open
1999 The British Institution Prize for Drawing, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1995 University of Seville, Spain, Erasmus Travel Scholarship

Past Exhibitions

2016 Big Draw, 'It’s our World' Exhibition and Auction, Christie's, Mayfair, London
2015 Solo Visual Histories, Dean Clough Arts, Halifax, Yorkshire
2015 RA Summer Exhibition (and in previous years)
2014 Rabley Sketchbook prize and exhibition
2012 'A year in the life of the Royal Albert Hall', Royal Albert Hall London (Image reproduced on the cover of their calendar)
2011 International Watercolour Touring Exhibition, Chung-Shan National Gallery Taipei, Taiwan, Robeson Gallery, The Penn State University & Carrollton Cultural Arts Centre, USA
2009 LIoyd’s TSB Journeys, Touring show throughout the UK including Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
2007 Ten Days in Aurangabad, Touring show in Mumbai and London

Publications

2015 'Watercolour Secrets' (Contributor) ISBN 9781408184271
2009 'Printmakers Secrets' (Contributor) ISBN: 0713689110
2006 'Watercolour Masters, Then and Now' (Contributor) ISBN: 184403447X
2002 'London in Poetry and Prose' (Drawings featured) Edited by Anna Adams, ISBN 1900564033