Hidden - Works of a Recluse
|Neal Booth in front of one of his pivotal works in the exhibition|
Neal Booth is a dedicated father co-parenting his children, working to support himself, and committed to making art. His academic achievements include completion of a Master of Philosophy (Fine Art) for which he received a scholarship.
Neal loves connecting with nature and the building materials of the earth. His colour palette reflects this quite directly as he uses the materials of the earth as his pigment and paint. It is a sophisticated and restrained palette, layered, distressed or harshly ground back and re-layered through to completion. There is an obvious influence of the works of Anselm Kiefer and Neal spoke of his connection to the work of Andy Goldsworthy, and the writing of American art critic and sculptor Donald Judd.
“My art is an investigation into my intuitive and emotional understanding of nature and the landscape and how it can be expressed through the use of natural materials as medium and object.”
Raw materials are physically collected from places that hold significance and transported back to be transformed. Neal uses various acrylic emulsions to stabilise the individual substructures in his process if necessary. The small photographic works were all taken at times and in places that hold sentimental attachment.
“...my practice is an investigation into the use of earthen materials as an emotionally cathartic process.”
The works appear solid and heavy but sometimes looks can be deceptive and perhaps the physical strength of an object is the result of soft, light, vulnerable individual layers laminated and impacted together to create such strength or the illusion of same.
In a reversal that is not uncommon Neal finds himself a teacher and mentor to his mother who is currently following in her son’s footsteps and undertaking studies in Fine Art at University level.
This is an exhibition of professional and polished works. I absolutely love this collection of pieces.
If you want to talk to Neal about his work, just say hello and introduce yourself, are interested in collaborating in a project, or commissioning a specific art work, please email Neal directly at email@example.com
No Distance Left to Run
|Vasanth Rao with his wife Pravina and the NAS co-directors Jordan Fardell and Melissa Bull on opening night|