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Neil Jessop



United Kingdom

neiljessop.net

category: Painting
technique: Oilpainting
Style: Abstract


Bio / Resumee / Statement:
My work is always developing and changing in response to the many different areas where I have lived, to the materials that are available locally for me to use and to the processes that I have selected to record the artistic images that I am seeking.

Initially, my work focused upon producing a wide range of sculptures for display both indoors and in the open air. In particular, I concentrated upon making large land art sculptures set in the open countryside. These structures used materials such as stone, wood, mud and vegetation that I could collect within a short distance of the site where the sculpture was to be built. Normally, these locations were remote, secluded areas free from the impact of modern technology and crowded humanity. Having identified a location, my objective was to produce a series of nest-like forms that drew their inspiration from elements that occurred in the natural world. This art form was based upon creating an idyllic place of refuge where I could distance myself from the stresses and the insecurities of the modern world.

Following a period as artist in residence at the Cyprus College of Art, my recent work has been extended to cover the fields of painting, photography and drawing. I have still kept the �security� qualities that are inherent in my sculptures although my paintings are energetic, playful, colourful and the compositions are often very busy. Similarly however, there are many focal points of refuge allowing the viewer to focus in on and take rest from the chaos that surrounds them. There are often idyllic towns, islands or worlds encased and protected with solid organic matter that no one can enter unless one already lives there. The paintings are incredibly detailed and encompass a variety of mark making techniques to enhance the colour and boundaries between shapes and forms.



Activities:
� Whiteknights Studio Trail, Reading 2008. Paintings shown in group exhibition
� Painting bought by Richard Branson for his ski chalet in Switzerland, 2007
� Work selected for online gallery website, www.newblood.com, 2007
� Barn Acre Gallery, Henley 2006. Sculptures selected for commercial exhibition
� Open Hand Studios, Reading 2006. Paintings selected for group exhibition
� Maiden Erlegh School Gallery 2006. Paintings shown in group exhibition
� Cyprus College of Art 2004. Sculptures selected for solo show at the end of artist in residence scheme
� The Islington Art and Design Fair 2004. 3 paintings selected for group exhibition
� Screen Media, New York 2003. Film selected for video exhibition from European artists.
� The Foyer, Aberdeen 2003. Paintings shown in group exhibition.
� Cologne Contemporary Art, Germany 2002. Sculpture shown in group exhibition.
� Royal Scottish Academy of Fine Art, 2001. Student prize nominee from Scottish Arts Schools.
� The Maas, Maastricht Holland, 2000. Large sculptures shown in student exhibition.
� Remodelling of private garden in Edinburgh in 2000 to include 3 commissioned outdoor sculptures
� Commissioned in 2000 to produce life sized, aluminium figure for a private garden in Aberdeen


Mud Nest
Sculpture

200 x 200 cm
2006
for sale (ask for price)
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Gathering
Drawing
Carbon
50 x 70 cm
2007
Price: 380 Euro
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Vine Nest
Sculpture
Wood
200 x 200 cm
2005
for sale (ask for price)
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Overflow
Painting
Oilpainting
50 x 70 x 4 cm
2007
sold
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Washing Machine
Sculpture
Mixture of materials
400 x 10000 cm
2005
for sale (ask for price)
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Wiggle
Painting
Oilpainting
40 x 37 x 4 cm
2007
Price: 130 Euro
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Moon Safari
Painting
Oilpainting
90 x 70 x 4 cm
2008
Price: 510 Euro
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Chain Events
Painting
Oilpainting
30 x 80 x 4 cm
2007
Price: 190 Euro
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Security
Painting
Oilpainting
152 x 122 x 4 cm
2006
sold
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Inner System
Painting
Oilpainting
55 x 74 x 4 cm
2007
Price: 510 Euro
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Beginning
Painting
Oilpainting
75 x 200 x 3 cm
2006
Price: 760 Euro
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Roundabout
Painting
Oilpainting
100 x 100 x 4 cm
2008
Price: 570 Euro
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Womb
Painting
Oilpainting
100 x 100 x 4 cm
2007
sold
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