Neil Canning Shine 2006 Oil on canvas
Neil Canning
Shine 2006
Oil on canvas
76 x 91 cm

The paintings of Neil Canning seem to be evolving somewhere in that area of tension between figurative and abstract art. Gestural abstraction in the sweeps and swathes of thick, smudged and glazed patches of colour often have an urgent, expressive quality. These strokes of colour are not only evidence of the action of the material on the canvas, but the paint appears to evoke the pictorial techniques used by artists to describe the powerful aspects of the natural world and its weather systems which we can find in the epic narrative paintings of the late nineteenth century.