Neill offers a choice of beautiful coastal studies from Tynemouth to Bamburgh. However, his stunning hand-painted local scenes have a cheeky twist… the artwork includes scantilly clad ladies reminiscent of the 1930’s postcards by Donald McGill whose cartoon-style seaside scenes were all the rage right up to the 1980’s.
Neill has worked in the advertising and design industry for more years than he’s prepared to admit and finally decided to strike out on his own a couple of years ago. He has been a regular at Tynemouth Markets for the past two years and is building quite a fan base.
“My main influences are the old railway posters of the 20’s and 30’s, Donald McGill postcards, Carry On comedy films and the old black and white movies of the silent and early talkie era.” says Neill.
“I love to work in a variety of mediums (oils, acrylics, pastels and gouache) but my favourites are Gryffin Alkyd oils and Designers Gouache.”
Neill’s subject matter is inspired by local landmarks up and down the North East coast and he cleverly incorporates local folks in his paintings.
You don’t have to dig too deeply to own one of Neill’s works which range in price from 70p for a fridge magnet to £250 for an original painting.
“The paintings are indicative of an age,” says local collector Caroline Baker, who arrived at the market to pick up her latest purchase of Neill’s art.
“They are funny, humorous and lovely paintings. This is the third addition to my collection of Neill’s brilliant work and I’ll soon be back for more.” she said.
Neill is happy to accept commissions from clients and you can see his work on display every Sunday at his stall next to Porter’s, on the east concourse. You can also see examples on Neill’s web site by clicking this link.