Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Neal Smith Willow has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.
Neal is an award-winning artist based in Jalisco, Mexico. Neal was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 24th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.
Neal’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Neal’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 artworks that were submitted to this competition.
Neal Smith Willow is an artist working in oils, pastels and watercolors in a representational manner. He paints from a narrative perspective and from his experiences.
Neal admires the vision of the New York Ashcan movement at the beginning of the 20th century. A revolution in American art, it produced an unprecedented vision of the working people in Manhattan as well as the pastimes of the middle class. The Ashcan artists did not stay cutting edge for long, as the wave of abstract art swept away their American-bred realism.
Today the genre of painterly realism, as in the past, invariably includes the environments that sensually surrounded the artist with the new. Heal searches for those moments as he moves about, storing them to accommodate his muse. He wants to be an interpreter, through painterly depictions of memory for impressions of place. This may open a window that invites the viewer to glimpse a moment that was, now washed away by the current of time.
Neal’s paintings have become a distilled narrative attempting to connect to the viewer that sense of a moment and its inevitable passing. Doing the work makes him feel like a child involved with a toy and a man loyal to his dreams.
The premise of my work of is to record my experiences - filtered through sight, and touch - to create images of fleeting moments so that they may remain. Painterly realism strikes me as the best vehicle for that effort, the kind offered by Edgar Degas, Thomas Eakins, and Singer Sargent among many. For the content of my work, I seek out the individuals and places of my times to put to canvas.
Neal’s website is https://neal-smithwillow.pixels.com/.
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