Spring Bank #3 (2018) Oil on canvas 20.0 x 30.0"/51 x 76cm SOLD
In 2014 Brian returned to his county of birth, setting up his home and studio in Derbyshire. Having become established living in the High Peak, he reached a point where he felt a strong urge to reflect something of the local environment in his work.
I was ready for a change of focus. A change from making larger abstract paintings which didn’t necessarily signify particular places. Though I was rather uncertain about exactly what this might be and for how long this need might endure.
Brian started by making a range of quick line drawings based on vistas seen from Spring Bank Road along his route from home into town, and back again. These were completed in ink and aimed to capture a sense of feeling about the elements impacting upon his walk: stiff breezes, moving trees and branches, solid and unyielding stone buildings, mists and hazes in the folds of the hills stretching out towards Kinder Scout. And the prevailing chill one always feels at this height above sea level. These sketches found their way into a dozen medium-sized paintings.
In common with most of my work, these paintings were layers rendered wet on dry using squeegees, spatulas and large painting knives: thick pastes of paint placed in relatively experimental ways but also mindful of the original sketch starting point.
The colour palettes in each painting seem to reflect the coloured greys and greens than you see embedded in the sturdy but elegant stone walls of the buildings and field boundaries as you look across from the High Peak.
Not all of the dozen paintings survived – some became so over-worked they had no feel or sense of the place I live in. Others captured the feeling sufficiently to survive as paintings in their own right as well as to indicate what I sense exists around me. Having completed these I feel, for now at least, the itch has been scratched and I can return to prior concerns.
BRIAN NEISH STUDIO – Artist Brian Neish is an internationally acclaimed contemporary abstract artist. His studio is located in High Peak, Derbyshire. He is fascinated by painted surfaces and the exploration of time and experience through the layering of oil paint, colour and texture. All of the contemporary abstract paintings by Brian Neish shown on this site are available for purchase. Please contact him directly for prices and more details via the contact form.