Neil Moore’s uncompromising figurative paintings, combining impeccable technique and thoughtful content, have been exhibited widely in Europe and the U.S.A.
Almost uniquely among contemporary realist painters (but in a long tradition stretching back through Courbet to Caravaggio) he employs a classical realist technique to explore the ordinary mysteries of our lives.
A passionate advocate of the continuing relevance of drawing and painting from the figure (both as an essential activity for developing visual awareness and as an art-form in itself) he is a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher.
Neil Moore was born in Leicester in 1950. He studied at Loughborough College of Art and Design from 1968-72. He had his first solo exhibition in 1973 before taking up the post as ‘Artist at sea’ with the British merchant navy from 1974- 76. Now a veteran of over twenty solo exhibitions, he has exhibited with the Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London(until 1977-94), East West Gallery, London(1995-2009), Bo-lee Gallery, Bath/London(2009-14), Singulart (Global Online Gallery 2021+)
Like many others I live a life of quiet desperation and my studio is the refuge where I use painting to unravel life's confusion and hopefully figure out why some experiences distress, intrigue or amuse me. People both fascinate and perplex me. All my imagery therefore relates to either people I know or to humanity more generally.
I would like to be able to claim that I paint in this ‘realist‘ way to communicate with more people but it is because I like life and it is, to me, the most lifelike. I don’t know how what I do relates to contemporary art and frankly I don’t care. Naturally it would be nice to know that other people find it “interesting”, but it isn’t why I do it - I simply paint to understand, not to be understood.