Brian Neish


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In recent years my work has been about ageing and worn out surfaces on architectural features such as walls, doors, shutters and panels, particularly those that have had to endure the elements over extended periods of time. I call the appearance of these debilitating effects ‘Noble Decay’ to suggest a sense of them displaying increasingly expressive visual qualities over time. I am interested in the notion that some surfaces can seem more beautiful after Time has had its way with them than they looked when they were brand new. Original sources have included ancient Italian hill-top towns, old, semi-deserted villages in France and abandoned buildings beside less well travelled roads in the United States. My response to these sources are paintings that explore ideas derived from observing particular effects such as rust streaks, flaking paint, pitted surfaces, corroded metal, or paint rubbed smooth by the effects of sun and wind. Each source is unique, which is the reason why many pieces are titled after the place where an idea was formed. So I am also concerned to express something of their particular essence and character. Balanced with this is a commitment to remaining faithful to the unique properties of oil paint, and to respond to these accordingly. The process of layering paint seems to endow a painting’s surface with its own expressive qualities too so the challenge is to create a synthesis between something drawn from the original source and something new, unpredictable and creative in its own right. My work is, ultimately, about Time and invites consideration of how Time impacts upon us – the stages in our own lives from childhood to adulthood and old age, phases we all go through, experiences that seem to form us one way or the other, and the evidence of these experiences buried or covered over only to be peeled away again when we pause to think about memories and the journeys we have all taken...
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Hackberry
Hackberry



Williams
Williams



Bodie
Bodie



Golden Gate
Golden Gate



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Glimpse
Glimpse