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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