Neil Davies’ spectacular paintings witness the seasons as they come and go on the West Cornwall Peninsula, a starkly beautiful landscape that is swept by light and storms, and marked by ancient lay lines and granite. In winter, the sky, sea and land seem to merge as waves crash along the shoreline, while in spring the moors are coloured by yellow gorse and hedgerows dripping with wildflowers.
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.
I have been painting the Penwith landscape for nearly twenty years, yet it still has the power to surprise me, to present something previously unnoticed on my frequent ramblings across the countryside, or to give me new angles on familiar subjects. The differing seasons and our wonderfully varied weather pattern further ensures I am never short of material; the yellow glow of windswept gorse, blue sky stretching above and beyond, the visceral excitement of watching sun, cloud and rain sweeping across the landscape.