Neil Pittaway’s works reflect ideas from East and Western sources and perspectives such as Anglo-European heritage, Trans-Atlantic connections, Asian landscapes, gothic revival architecture, urban-ness, satire, illustration and narrative. His work incorporates and explores these identities through direct and indirect observation creating complex and seemingly agoraphobic, perspective spaces; a labyrinth, which reflects the built and natural environments and echoes the monumental histories that make up our collective European and International identities, our heritage.
Neil’s drawings, paintings and prints are developed from extensive research and sketches produced from direct and indirect observation. He uses many different skills, methods, techniques and processes to create richly layered tapestries on the pictures’ surfaces.
His drawings and etchings employ a detailed network of line, bitten deep into copper plate or drawn using traditional dip pen and ink whilst his paintings employ more spontaneous yet complex layered marks drawing on the luminous qualities of the paint’s pigments.
Everywhere Neil travels he works directly from the subject using sketchbooks to record a journey; in recent years this has included trekking extensively in the Nepal Himalayas. These records are then used directly and indirectly to create finished works that capture the essences of time and place.
1973 Born, Wakefield, Yorkshire
1992 to 1996 Cheltenham School of Art, BA Hons painting
1995 D.H. Lawrence Museum Commission
1996 to 1998 University of Bradford, MA Printmaking
1998 to 2001 Royal Academy Schools, London Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art
2001 Contributor, The Great Artists series, Tim Marlow, Channel 5 Television
2002 Drawings published in an Anthology of London Poetry and prose by Enitharmon Press, London
2004 to 2005 University of Huddersfield Post-Graduate Certificate in Education
Royal Watercolour Society (RWS)
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE)
Leeds Fine Artists, Yorkshire
Associate Member of the Alpine Club, London
Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts Alumni Association.
1995 University of Seville, Spain, Erasmus travel Scholarship
1999 The British Institution Prize for Drawing, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1998 Printmaking Prize, Bradford Open, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
2000 John Purcell Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2000 Celia Walker Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2000 The Gwen May RE Prize, National Print Exhibition, London
2000 The Joseph Webb Prize, National Print Exhibition, London
2001 Whatman International Papers Award, National Print Exhibition, London
2001 The British Institution Prize for Printmaking, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2001 The Excellence in Drawing Award, The Arts Club, Mayfair, London
2001 The New Academy Gallery Commission Award, RWS Open, London
2001 The John Smith Award, RWS 21st Century Watercolour RWS Open
2007 The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Vivien Leigh Bequest Printmaking Prize
2008 The Judges Choice Prize A1 Northern Open, Richmond, Yorkshire.
2016 Big Draw, It’s our World Exhibition and Auction, Christies, Mayfair, London
2015 Solo Visual Histories, Dean Clough Arts, Halifax,- Yorkshire
2015 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (and in previous years)
2014 Rabley Sketchbook prize and exhibition
2012 A year in the life of the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall London (Image reproduced on the cover of their calendar
2011 International Watercolour Touring Exhibition, Chung-Shan National Gallery Taipei, Taiwan, Robeson Gallery, The Penn State University and Carrollton Cultural Arts Centre, U.S.A.
2009 LIoyd’s TSB Journeys, Touring show throughout the UK including Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
2007 Ten Days in Aurangabad, Touring show in Mumbai and London
2015 'Watercolour Secrets' (Contributor)
2009 'Printmakers Secrets' (Contributor)
2006 'Watercolour Masters, Then and Now' (Contributor)
2002 'London in Poetry and Prose' (Drawings featured) Edited by Anna Adams