Neil Davies

Neil Davies
When not painting in his studio, perched on the wild north coast overlooking St. Ives Bay, Neil is out walking the ever-changing terrain of West Penwith. Swept by light and storms, it is a landscape of edges, ancient lines and granite, the bare bones of the earth, a place of stark beauty and primordial wildness. Neil has an ongoing relationship with this part of Cornwall, witnessing and recording as the seasons come and go, and tempering his observations with his own emotional response to them.

In Winter, the sky, sea and land seem to merge. Lashing rain and wind, gale-force storms, and on rare occasions, snow, sweep across the land. Waves crash along the shoreline and against the cliffs, and seaspray drenches anything in its path.

Spring emerges, and the moors and hills take on a patchwork of colour - yellow gorse, blankets of bluebells, hedgerows dripping with wild flowers. Gradually, with the advance of summer, the greening takes over, the ferns gaining a temporary stranglehold over the moorland. Gorse buds pop in the heat, orange montbretia lines the lanes and banks, whilst overhead the buzzards float on the air currents.

Autumn returns: late sun brightens the emerging rusts and ochres which now dominate the landscape, and pink and purple heathers erupt through the bracken. Then there are those days in Penwith where all the seasons seem to come at once.

Neil is intuitively drawn to the more remote areas of the countryside, where human presence is very little in evidence, and elemental forces shape the landscape. His starting points are transient - a flash of recognition of the purple haze of bluebells, the first flush of yellow on the twisted gorse, or light cutting through a storm.

In his work, Neil tries to capture the colossal energy and indifference of natural forces. The joy he feels when working with paint, his passion in its manipulation - taking risks so that sometimes even the survival of a painting is threatened - is reflected in the tangible vitality of every painting.

EDUCATION

1987-84 West Surrey College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art
1968-65 Farnham School of Art, Surrey Diploma of Fine Art (Painting)

LECTURING

1996-91 Painting and drawing tutor, City of Bath College
1991-89 Painting and drawing tutor, Frome Community College
1984-72 Painting and drawing tutor, West Surrey College of Art and Design
1984-72 Printmaking technician, West Surrey College of Art and Design
1972-68 Painting and drawing tutor, Guildford School of Art


A Break in the Weather


25 x 30 cms

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Ref. 24088


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A Change of Seasons


48 x 65 ins

Ref. 23226


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A Very Blustery Day


30 x 30 cms

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Ref. 24087


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Beneath Heavy Skies


61 x 76 cms

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Ref. 24097


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Bracing Weather, Portheras


122 x 165 cms

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Ref. 24311


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Caught in the Squall


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24092


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Darkening Sky over Carn Galver


30 x 40 cms

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Ref. 24086


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Deluge over Porth Ledden


79 x 102 cms

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Ref. 24081


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Distant Thunder


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24309


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Dodging the Showers


61 x 76 cms

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Ref. 24098


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Down the Slipway, Priest Cove


80 x 95 cms

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Ref. 24357


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Dreamscape


78 x 102 cms

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Ref. 24083


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Evening Harmony


61 x 76 cms

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Ref. 24082


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From the Car Window


45 x 60 cms

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Ref. 24235


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Gorse Time Again


122 x 122 cms

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Ref. 24103


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Heathland Cottage and Hawthorn


61 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24090


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Heavy Surf, Gwynver


61 x 76 cms

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Ref. 24084


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High Winds, Pounding Surf


120 x 120 cms

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Ref. 24234


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Inky Sky Over Priest's Cove


61 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24085


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It Must Be May


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24101


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Lands End Storm, Sun Breaking Through


25 x 30 cms

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Ref. 24089


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Light Stream


30 x 40 cms

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Ref. 24308


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Looking Up


25 x 25 cms

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Ref. 24102


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March of the Clouds


61 x 76 cms

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Ref. 24099


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Moorland Cottage, Lady Downs


60 x 76 cms

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Ref. 24091


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On the Beach, Applecross


59 x 76 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 11526


£495.00



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Purple Sea


80 x 100 cms

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Ref. 24104


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Rutted Track to Woonsmith


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24094


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Safe for Now, Priest Cove


80 x 80 cms

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Ref. 24096


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Solitary Cottage


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24095


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Summer Hedgerows, Rosemergy


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24093


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Sunshine Through the Storm


122 x 165 cms

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Ref. 24310


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Tail End of the Storm


122 x 165 cms

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Ref. 24079


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Tregeseal Stone Circle Amongst the Bracken


122 x 165 cms

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Ref. 22027


£5,200.00



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Up the Hill from Towednack Church


65 x 76 cms

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Ref. 16624


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White Blossom, Blackthorn


46 x 61 cms

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Ref. 24100


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