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January 2004
Artist - Neil Heath
Nevada, 2004, Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm
Nevada, 2004, Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm
Neil Heath's been trying to create abstract paintings reminiscent of the everyday world.
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Artist profile
I grew up in Bulwell, Nottingham and attended Cantrell Primary School where I discovered my passion for drawing and painting.

I had a bit of a rivalry with my friend Robert from an early age; we'd have big arguments about who was better at drawing, and now if I'm honest he was much more gifted than me!

After primary school I started at Holgate Comprehensive in Hucknall where I had a few 'wilderness years' concerning the art - to be honest, I was losing interest in it.

I think it may have been because the teachers weren't particularly inspiring; we had a CDT (craft, design & technology) teacher for a year - that was more interested in his own paperwork.

I very nearly packed it all in when it came to my options at the end of the third year (year 9) but my mum and dad encouraged me to keep it up.

My teacher at GCSE and A level changed everything. Mrs Owen was not only a brilliant teacher for me but also an excellent artist.

She really inspired me
and changed a lot about my style, totally for the better. Among other things she told me not to use black when mixing colours and to paint as big as possible!

After A-Levels I moved to Northampton to do a combined honours degree in Art, Media and Popular Culture. There my work looked into film imagery and how it affects our lives...

Recently, I've been experimenting with colour - blending them into each other, trying to create something reminiscent of the everyday and at the same time producing something pleasing for myself and the viewer.

As Mark Rothko said: "A Painting is not about experience - a painting is an experience." And that kind of sums it all up...

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Take a look at a sample of Neil Heath's work. Click on the images to see a much larger version...

Work by Neil Heath

Work by Neil Heath

Work by Neil Heath

Work by Neil Heath

Work by Neil Heath

Work by Neil Heath

More paintings at: www.neilheath.co.uk.
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