Neil Williams has always been drawn to the country. As a child he’d play in the local woods near his family home in Surrey, England – often for hours on end – building camps, traipsing through fields and exploring golf courses.
Since 1997 Neil’s inspiration and home has been the Mornington Peninsula here in Australia, and he still finds himself out exploring the countryside – sketching and painting constructed landscapes created by the tree and fence lined properties. He strips back the elements to simple abstracted forms and aims to draw the viewer into the work. These works become links to his memories and the paths he has chosen in life.
“Often however, I am not alone as I sit in a paddock sketching, the curious cattle bravely edge closer to me, and after a while they are comfortably grazing. This in turn has led me to focus my study on them, alongside the landscape they occupy.”
Neil studied fine art at Coventry University in England, is a founding member of the Cook Street Collective, runs a graphic design business Moocreative, and also curates the Montalto Sculpture Prize.
Duo Show: July 2020