Neal Griffin

I am a multi award winning professional artist from Southampton. From an early age I displayed a passion for drawing and painting and with encouragement from my GCSE art teacher Mr Clegg I began to develop my skills. I continued on to do my A-Levels and then on to a foundation course at Portsmouth College of Art & Design. In 1992 I enrolled at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for a degree in Graphic Arts & Illustration, specialising in printmaking. Graduating in 1995 with a 2:1 BA Hons degree.

Since graduating much of my inspiration has come from my love of the natural world concentrating on studies of animals with a particular interest in wildlife. I try to capture the essence of the animal concentrating on light, form and movement to produce a piece of work with the feeling of depth and life. I work in both 2D and 3D with a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, printing and clay. Using the medium that is best suited for the piece I want to create.

I began working with clay for the first time since school in 2016 and I have really enjoyed learning the different skills and techniques. I create a variety of one off hand built sculptures and other pieces as well as throwing pieces on the wheel. I use a variety of glazes, underglazes and oxides to decorate my pieces and use many different tools to create different textures and patterns on my work.

I was a member of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society from 2003 – 2015. In 2009 I was awarded the prize for the most improved artist and in 2014 he was runner up for the best 3D sculpture. I have exhibited at The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art where in 2009 he was runner up for the David Cook drawing award and in 2017 I won ‘Best Depiction of a Creature in Action’ at an Association of Animal Artists exhibition. I have also been shortlisted for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2013 & 2015 and a finalist in 2018, 2019 & 2020. He also exhibits at the Southern Nature Art Exhibition and with Romsey Art Group, The Southern Ceramics Group and The Wildlife Art Society International.

Services:  Commissions accepted.

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