Adam Neate (b.1977) is a British conceptual artist known for his multi-dimensional collages and a very unique use of perspective and mark-marking. Influenced by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Carl Jung and Alan Watts, Neate’s practice mixes constructivism, street-art and a very personal approach to figurative art.
Neate studied graphic design while teaching himself how to paint and sculpt. He became known for leaving art on the streets for people to collect. ‘I started leaving my paintings on the streets of Ipswich around 1997. I then moved to London and left over 5,000 paintings on the streets up until 2006. The same year I quit my day job and stopped the ‘street art’ and started exploring paint in a different way. In 2008 I started painting in Dimensionalism – which I continue to explore to this day.’
Neate's use of a varied array of materials and skilled juxtaposition of layers often give his figurative pieces a multi-dimensional quality which can change from the viewer's viewpoint. In 2012, art historian Ben Jones wrote: 'To get the full multi-dimensional effect, the viewer is asked to activate their own viewing space ...as you move and change vantage point, negative space is held in balance, unleashed, then restrained again. The image resolves itself.'
Neate's pieces feature in collections all over the world, most notably in the USA, China and East Asia.
Neate currently lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In June 2022 the artist travelled back to Brighton, UK, where he’d spent much of his informative time, to exhibit a selection of original canvases and four Limited Editions.
Both original canvases showcased in this exhibition, Portrait 2008 and Mental Health, are stunning examples of the artist’s early explorations in Dimensionalism. Portrait 2008 is a vivid reminder of Neate’s ability to produce an expressive and nuanced image rich with layers, color, texture and an immaculate composition. Mental Health is perhaps a deceptively quiet representation of Neate’s first delving into a multi-dimensional world which fully developed in later works. Initiated in 2008, this piece sat in the artist’s studio for nearly 14 years until he decided to complete it in 2021.
Alongside Neate’s original works are four Limited Editions, No. 10 to Beachy Head, Saltdean Girl, Mods and Beer on the Beach (released towards the end of Memories). All these editions have been co-published between Adam Neate and Whistleblower Gallery, and taken from the artist’s series of paintings by the same titles. This group of editions take us on the painter’s reminiscences on his years living in Brighton and environs in the early 2000s.
All works are exhibited in the gallery until July 19th, 2022.
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