Neil Pinkett has built a reputation as one of Cornwall’s foremost landscape painters. He does much of his painting on location and travels widely, with landscapes and landmarks from these journeys featuring heavily in his work. He works predominantly in oil paints, using rich textures and over-painting to create the impression of atmosphere and vivid, natural light.
Neil Pinkett was born in St Just-in-Penwith in 1958 and spent his childhood in West Cornwall. After a successful career as an illustrator, he dedicated himself to painting full-time in the mid-1990s. Today he splits his time between Bath and Cornwall, spending the summer months living in his studio in Marazion, overlooking St Michael's Mount. Neil's work has been shown and is collected throughout the UK. He has also undertaken painting tours and one-man shows across America.
I have lived in Cornwall most of my life and exposure to such a dramatic environment has inspired me to paint.The landmass of West Penwith is small but encompasses such geographic diversity – from the turquoise seas of Lamorna on the South Coast to the wild rocky outcrops and crashing waves of the North Coast, and great stretches of moorland in between. I work with a knife as I want to express as forcefully as I can the forces of nature, the ever-changing elements, cloud formations, piercing blue skies over acres of red bracken, the raw beauty of the landscape. The natural progression towards paintings on a greater scale is leading to an exploration of larger landscapes further afield.