Neville's paintings and drawings are executed with great delicacy and technical accuracy. He pursues each work with a fastidious attention to detail
Neville is an active man with a wide variety of interests, including reading and watching films at the cinema. His interest in producing drawings brought him to Project Art Works in 2008.
Initially participating on Tuesday Studios, working more collaboratively with other participants and artists, Neville joined Mentoring Studios to focus on individually led pieces at the end of 2009. His paintings and drawings are executed with great delicacy and technical accuracy. He pursues each work with a fastidious attention to detail, working methodically to create marks that have precise uniformity and consistency. Most recently, Neville has chosen to draw rather than paint, preferring the tighter control pencil affords over each mark.
Drawing and painting is not easy for Neville but he finds making work most engaging when it relates to a subject matter that is of interest to him like animals and they are often chosen as starting points in his work. His work Dog at Night-time that depicted a lone dog roaming streets lit by stars and passing comet, was selected and exhibited as part of Myscape, an exhibition with Project Ability, Glasgow, and Collins Gallery at Strathclyde University. He took a trip to see the exhibition with his support worker and commented:
‘The best part about going to Glasgow was seeing my painting. It was the biggest one there’.
A great part of Neville’s interest in participating in the studio project is that “he likes the people”. His connections to other people in the group are valuable. He’s often asked to look at and make comments on other people’s work and has interesting discussions about films at lunch times. From a conversation about the birds on display at Booth Museum of Natural History, Neville began drawing from a stuffed owl brought in by his Mentor.
Neville says: ‘I found it [drawing] easier than painting because it’s less messy. I think I liked drawing the hippo best’.
‘I like it better on Wednesdays. I think because it’s quieter’.