Brendan Neiland is one of Britain’s foremost and contemporary
painters and printmakers, represented in major museums and galleries
worldwide including The Tate Gallery, the Arts Council of Great Britain
and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
His subject is the cityscape, an environment Brendan feels is rich
in potential and yet often neglected. Brendan sites the work of Ferdinand
Leger, the first artist to use the awkward contemporary environment,
as a key to his inspiration. Brendan’s paintings are both figurative
and abstract in their structure, reflection of light and modulatation
Technique is fundamental to Brendan’s work, which ensures a fusion
of method and imagery. His research leads to a series of drawings that
formulate and define the imagery. These drawings then become the templates
or masks through which the paintings are sprayed. In this way Brendan
can build layers of glazing, an uninterrupted surface save for changes
in hue, tone and structure.
During his extensive travels around Europe, Brendan has studied closely
the interiors of Vermeer in Amsterdam, the extravagance of Gaudi in
Barcelona and the black intensity of Goya in Madrid. These influences,
together with a pre-occupation for the industrial aspects of Britain,
have helped Brendan to encourage people, through his work, to appraise
their environments and feel a greater sense of involvement in them.