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First signs of spring
Land of the Giants
Magnolia flowers & Blue Tit
Maple leaves & Great Tit study
Pollarded Maples & a distressed looking Mantis
The joys of Spring
Wild Orchid -Orchis coriophora
Wild Orchid- Orchis dactylorhiza
The Crater
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Neil Allen Paintings
Neil was born in 1971 at Leicester, England. He was encouraged through his family to develop an interest in the Natural world and drawing. After following a career path in Architecture and dividing working in an Architects office with University study for some years he decided to return to education to study Art. He was offered a place on several courses, but chose Bournemouth and Poole college of Art and Design, and their Natural History Illustration course, because it offered the possibility to combine the study of Nature with Art. It was here that he gained permission to undertake his final year project "The wildlife of Spain", here in Salamanca. The project was successfully completed and exhibited later in London. This enabled him to qualify with distinction. Upon leaving he worked as a free-lance Natural history Illustrator specialising in commercial projects and working for publishing houses. However through a process of evolution in his work and outlook he decided to concentrate wholly on painting. As a painter of wildlife for over a decade, his paintings have been exhibited widely in the U.K, in Spain and further a field in U.S.A. His enthusiasm and passion has taken him on research trips trekking in the jungles of Costa Rica, on Safari to the immensity of the Serengeti in Tanzania and to the vast Sahara desert, not to mention visits to National parks in Spain. "It is essential for me to experience the emotion, the visual contact with the animals and observing, being out there in amongst the habitats, this is what fuels my inspiration. In this way nature in its many colours, shapes, rhythms and forms is my guiding force." Later in the studio he composes ideas, forming and shaping from the many notes, photographs, sketches and watercolours he has accumulated on trips.
HND in Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
Group Exhibitions:
1996-June Bournemouth & Poole college of Art & Design Westminster, London. The Wildlife of Spain.
1997-June Christies of South Kensington, London. Auction of wildlife Art and Exhibition. Opened by WWF.
1998-February Sotheby's Wildlife Art auction.
June Christies of South Kensington, London. Wildlife Art auction.
1999-February Sotheby's Wildlife Art auction.
2000-August Wildlife Art Society, U.K. Awarded prestigous "David Shepherd" award.
August Group exhibition Spain, Casa de las Ciencias, Logrono, La Rioja.
2001-January Reproduction of award winning painting, "River Crossing", by Solomon & Whitehead Ltd.
2002-July "The Game Fair", Hampshire, U.k. Stand exhibiting Drawings and Oil paintings.
August-Marwell Zoological society, M.A. S. Group exhibition.
Sept-SWLA, Mall gallery, The Mall, London.
Sept-Nov Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum," Birds in Art", Wisconsin, U.S.A. 2003
January-Contemporary Art fair, Jonathan Cooper Gallery. Chelsea and London.
Nov-"Nature in Art", Museum dedicated to the natural world. Gloucestershire, England.
2004 April-Wildlife Art Society, Kenilworth, Midlands. Awarded Second prize "Peoples choice".
April-Group exhibition Spain.VIII Premio Nacional de Pintura, Donana y su entorno. Almonte, Huelva.
May/July-Realist group exhibition Murcia,Spain. Figuracion Contemporanea.
Sept/Nov-Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum"Birds in Art", Wisconsin, U.S.A.
2004/2005-Dec 5-Feb 6 Group exhibition, James Ford Bell Museum of Natural history. USA
Group exhibition, University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis.USA
Dec 27/Jan 23-Neil Allen,“Portraits of nature”, Solo exhibition, ‘La Salina’, Diputación de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.
April 2/May 28-Group exhibition, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson.USA
July 5/Oct 9-Group exhibition, Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor, Maine. USA
Aug 2/7-Nature In Art, Museum, Gloucestershire, England.
Artist's Statement:
Commissioning: After agreement with the client, I work up a series of sketches and small colour studies to arrive at the general idea for the work. A 50% deposit is required initially, with the remainder payable upon completion of the work
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