Patrick Neal

I create still life paintings that exist as reference points for musing on the creation of artworks themselves. I select objects based on their sensuality, texture and immediate visual appeal and I accentuate the materiality of the objects when I paint them. I hope to demonstrate my mind and body at work in the creative process and I try to convey how I see, think and navigate around a setup to understand it. My props are diaristic materials gleaned from travels to, from and within the studio; found objects, snapshots, tracings, sketches or aspects of the books, words and notes I am reading and writing about. My paintings have increasingly emphasized the process of their own making and materiality as I experiment with new mediums like spray paint, magic marker, glitter, nail polish and stencil.

I collect, artificial flowers, fabric, recycled packaging materials, glass and paper and snippets of photos and written pages and I recycle my own drawings and cast-off detritus. This ephemera triggers visceral, sensual responses and acts as thought-starters with which to investigate a variety of subjects whether personal, art historical, topical or the physicality and plasticity of the given mediums I'm using.