Latest Series

White Paintings 2020
Rapture (2020) Oil on canvas 100 x 100cm
Rapture (2020) Oil on canvas 100 x 100cm
Rapture (2020) Oil on canvas 100 x 100cm
In the Studio

I could work with fine brushes and thinned-out washes of colour to create fine, delicately layered paintings to enjoy, but why do that when you can work with lush, thick and beguiling pastes squeezed straight from the tube? The physical weight of un-thinned oil colours, pushing against the sweep and heft of a large palette knife is possibly the most enjoyable thing of all, loaded with promise and possibility, pre-empting the physical tussle ahead upon the canvas’s surface …

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Studio Brian Neish

Brian Neish is an internationally selling, contemporary abstract artist painting in oils. He works from his studio in High Peak, Derbyshire. He is fascinated by painted surfaces. His work explores time and experience through the layering of oil paint, colour and texture. Brian trained at King Alfred’s College in Winchester, Hampshire. He also spent a post-graduate year of study at Dartington College of Art in Dartington, Devon.

The ‘White Series’ is the latest iteration of Brian Neish’s passion for rendering multiple layers of oil colour upon canvas or board. Here he uses a neutral or ‘non-colour’ such as white. The white paint helps bring unity and calm to the surface of the paintings. This in contrast to the raging and boiling, seemingly out-of-control surface texture.  Brian deploys a grid to organise the application of the white paint to the final surface. The grid lends structure and depth to each painting’s motif. The resulting works fulfil his deeper need to express ideas about time, experience, and memories remembered (and forgotten). This is a further flowering of his notion of ‘Nobel Decay’.

Brian Neish exhibits his work at local Derbyshire art shows, national art exhibitions, and international art shows. He is represented by a number of galleries including London Contemporary Art (London, UK), Bell Fine Art (Winchester, UK) and Ivy Brown Gallery (New York City, USA). All of the contemporary abstract paintings by artist Brian shown on this site are available for purchase. Please contact him directly for prices and more details. 

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Latest News
31st January 2021

INSPIRING HOPE THROUGH NATURE Online ‘nature inspired’ charity auction (1st-14th February 2021)

Brian is delighted to be taking part in the ‘Inspiring Hope Through Nature’ online art auction. This is to help raise funds for GROW a youth development charity that works with vulnerable people in Sheffield ...
1st January 2021

DISCARDED DREAMS Re-imagining Dreams Of Landscape (December 2020)

Today, we are even more aware of the importance of being outside and enjoying the natural world around us. By interacting with it, spending time in it, experiencing it and appreciating it, we can reap the benefits of feeling happier and healthier as a result. Recollections of these special times and captured moments feed into our shared memories and our dreams ...
16th July 2020
Pahrump (2013) & Fading Away #1 (2016)

CHANGE OF SCENE An Armchair View Of Brian’s Paintings (July 2020)

The recent lockdown has meant that we've all spent and are spending much more time at home than usual. Consequently, we thought it might be fun to share a few views of Brian's work in their owners’ domestic settings ...