Neil Douglas | So it Goes
16 Jul - 01 Aug 2015
In painting, there is no opponent, and the painter spends his days shadowboxing.
Neil spends his days in a studio on the fringes of Manchester’s city centre. Appropriately it has the architectural features of a garret. For all of Neil’s streetwise credentials, and his political allegiance to the working man, he knows that painting must happen in a special space, away from the public gaze. Painting is not an entertaining performance. Again, this makes Neil unfashionable. But what has become integral to Neil’s practice is painting as material alchemy, and in these paintings he has used an array of unconventional materials, from concrete to ground glass.
Let’s be specific. “In Bloom” is a triumph of Neil’s relentless experimentation. We can trace his painting of blossom back through this show. It is always a poignant symbol of loss as much as of regeneration. Neil has his own reasons for the subjects he chooses but it is never the role of the viewer to question what motivates an artist, only bear witness to what they have made. More importantly, what distinguishes painting from illustration is a distance between the origins of the subject matter and what it subsequently is transformed into. It is the difference between an image being of something, and a painting being a new reality.
Excerpt from the catalogue introduction by Clive Head
Grand Summer Exhibition
06 Aug - 05 Sep 2015
A collection of works by 39 artists represented by Albemarle Gallery are exhibited in this stunning collective. The show represents the many varied genres that the gallery promotes including artworks by many internationally acclaimed sculptors and painters.