Blog: Artist Introduction| Neil Dawson Cityscapes
Introducing Cityscape Artist
We are extremely excited to be introducing the vibrant cityscape art of Neil Dawson to the gallery. The artist was accepted into the prestigious Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London to study art and subsequently developed his skills to become an accomplished oil painter.
Often focusing on city scenes at night time to capture an array of bold colour from the bustling city lights and reflections, Neil adopts a fresh contemporary approach through the layering of block colour and geometric form to depict the city's architecture which is then juxtaposed with looser, expressive brushwork to represent that constant, fluid movement of the city.
We have original paintings from the artist's latest collection in addition to giclée limited edition prints of various collections. Here is our interview with the artist!
How did you come to be an artist?
Since I was little I loved art but always thought it would just be a hobby. I actually studied economics at university and worked in a bank after that but after a period of travelling I returned inspired and motivated to try something different. I wanted to see if I could make a living doing something I really enjoyed and so I started painting again. Fortunately, it has worked out okay so far...
Describe your work in three words
Colourful, bold, dynamic
What draws you to creating in your chosen medium?
I use my hands quite a lot to paint and love the texture and versatility of oil paint. I enjoy gradual process of building the painting over a couple of months and that also allows me to work on multiple pictures at once so I am constantly challenged and revitalised.
Does the area in which you live or any other areas influence your work?
I am very lucky to live close to London and have always been drawn to busy, vibrant urban areas. It's such a dynamic and colourful place, especially after dark, and it's definitely influenced and indeed inspired my work
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Cities are the obvious answer but more specifically it's their colours and contrasts that allow me to play and experiment with paint and it's their iconic imagery that I love to use to connect the viewer with the picture.
Do you listen to any favourite music, radio or podcasts while working in the studio?
I do generally have the radio on whilst paint and tend to switch between a few stations over the week, I like having some background noise most of the time but I'm probably only half listening to what's playing most of the time!
If you could invite three artists or art influencers (living or deceased) to dinner who would they be?
Monet, Picasso and da Vinci
Do you have a criteria for choosing the galleries where you would like to show your work?
Its always nice to show in a bright, spacious, well presented gallery in a great location that will tempt people through the door but more important is the actual people who work in the gallery. It's so important to have enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly people to welcome customers and to share their love for art.
What are you most excited about artistically in 2021?
I'm just hoping I can safely get on a train or plane again to go out and explore, find some different places or rediscover some old ones to inspire some new work for 2021.