Neil Wood studied at Rochdale College of Art before completing a BA Hons Degree in Art and Deisgn at Wimbledon School of Art and a MA in Visual Art and Contemporary Culture at Keele University.
Neil has been a practicing professional sculpture and fine artist for over 25 years. He has many years experience lecturing in fine art and sculpture and has worked in various settings; in education, as artist in residence and visiting lecturer, alongside his practice producing sculpture for exhibition and commissions.
His creative output varies from the purely abstract to the naturalistic. He explores formal material qualities and visual language as a means of expressing often complex ideas about the world we inhabit and the nature of human experience and relationships.
Works range from small gallery pieces to large scale public and corporate commissions. Over the last decade his practice has concentrated on the human form, expressed in a semi-abstract way by constructing and manipulating steel, stainless steel and bronze.
‘I use the figure as a vehicle for direct exploration of materials and making process. The figures are captured and constrained within sculptural forms that attempt to express both the elegance and awkward discomfort of the human condition’.
'Smaller sculptures represent a more direct creative output, where the work develops, free from the constraints of a commission brief. The work evolves by experimentation with materials and process and, I feel, leads to a greater honesty in the sculpture. I try to make sculptures that have a physical dynamic together with a logic of form and an engagement with the subject matter'. I indulge myself in the making process in an attempt to create a kind of visceral experience for the viewer.'
‘There are a number public sculptures in municipal collections nationwide. Public, corporate and private sculpture commissions form an important part of my practice, but distinct from my smaller gallery work. Commissions provide an opportunity to work on a large scale but also require an understanding of sculpture in specific context. On a number of projects I’ve had the opportunity to engage with communities through consultations, workshops and mentoring’.
Mon - Tue : 10am - 5:00pm
Wed : By Appointment
Thu - Sat : 10am - 5:00pm
Sun : 11am - 4:00pm
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McAllister Thomas Fine Art
117 High Street
Surrey GU7 1AQ