Neil Davies
A Walk on the Wild Side - Neil Davies
16th July to 1st September 2011

 

A Walk on the Wild Side - Neil Davies A Walk on the Wild Side

Working from his studio on the outskirts of St. Ives, Neil is intuitively drawn to Cornwall's far west peninsula - the wild side - where the dramatic convergence of land and sea unleashes the elemental power of the forces of nature.

Here, the bare bones of the landscape rise to the surface, exposed by the constant battering from wind and sea. The land feels ancient, weatherworn and battle-scarred, moulded by early man, and, more recently, the tin-mining industry.

This untamed part of the country can be raw, stark and dramatic one moment, then with a shift of light and a change of wind, can present a completely different picture and mood.

Neil witnesses seasonal changes to the landscape, looking out for gathering storm clouds and restless skies, while walking its well-trodden pathways and visiting ancient sites. Although Penwith is awash with spectacular views, Neil's subjects are often chosen not purely for visual effect, but as a place of encounter, so that it is his reaction, an instinctive and subconscious response to his surroundings, that play a large part in the end result of the painting.

Echoing the variety of textures found in nature, Neil uses oil paint with the consummate skill born of an expert knowledge of its capabilities and behaviour. Using techniques reminiscent of the old masters, but with a contemporary twist, he is able to achieve great variation within the paint. He develops contrasts and textures, building layer upon layer of paint, sometimes scraping back, offsetting this with translucent glazes of bright paint and varnish and areas of impasto matt colour.

The whole painting process is set in motion by nature, but it is only when Neil returns to the studio and starts to move the paint around on the canvas, giving free rein to his emotions and artistic imagination, that the true essence of the landscape emerges.



Neil Davies


Wall of Gorse, Bosporthennis


46 x 58 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8712


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Watching The Buzzards


43 x 48 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8713


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Stormlight, Priest Cove


79 x 91.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8714


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Waving Grasses on Lady Downs


61 x 76 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8715


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Tumbling Stream, Portheras


122 x 122 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8716


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Out To Sea From Sennen Beach


45.5 x 45.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8717


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Inky skies over Sennen Beach


122 x 166 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8718


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Weather Watching


45.5 x 45.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8719


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Sky Light


43 x 51 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8720


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On The Rocks


61 x 76 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8721


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Rolling Wave


35.5 x 40.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8722


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Sand Shadows and Pounding Wave


45.5 x 61 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8723


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Glowing sky, Setting Sun


79 x 91.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8724


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Sand puddles & April skies


46 x 61 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8727


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Verdant Landscape, Late Spring


30.5 x 17 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8729


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Stormy Sky above Porth Ledden


122 x 122 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8730


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Soft Sky and Sparkling Water, Porth Nanven


45.5 x 61 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8731


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Walking Down to Woonsmith on a Wild Autumn Day


45.5 x 61 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8732


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Perched on the Ridge above the Dunes


52 x 73.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8733


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Rain Clouds at Sunrise over The Island


91.5 x 91.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8736


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Lone Barn Weathers the Storm


25.5 x 30.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8738


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Through the hedge, Rosemergy


30.5 x 40.5 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8741


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Solitary croft near the loch, Skye


58.5 x 84 cms

Charcoal on paper

Ref. 8750


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Sunken track to Bosporthennis


58.5 x 84 cms

Charcoal on paper

Ref. 8748


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Setting off for the Cuillins


61 x 76 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8746


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The Winch House


46 x 46 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8745


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Sunburst, St Ives


76 x 88 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 6456


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Sunlight on Gorse, Bosporthennis


122 x 122 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 6457


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Tracks Across The Fields, Woonsmith


46 x 59 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 8988


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