Neil Gall

Stal 20

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Year 2020
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

I’ve drawn this image before, maybe ten years ago. A constructionist standing figure (in my mind) comprised of various bits of card, tape, and loo rolls. This version is slightly elongated and includes a stencilled title ‘banner’ running across the top of the image, a homage to Jasper Johns.

About the artist:

Born Aberdeen 1967, Neil Gall lives and works in London. Graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1987-91); and Slade School of Art, London (1991-93).

Balancing the profound with the absurd in works that buzz with art historical reference, British artist Neil Gall has consistently explored matters of perception and mimesis through the visual language of household detritus. He translates the visceral and psychological interactions between materials and their surfaces – corrugated cardboard and pressed tinfoil, ping-pong balls enshrouded in black tape – to an unsettling, surreal and sometimes erotic effect.

Selected solo exhibitions include Neil Gall: The Studio, New Collages, Painting and Sculpture, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2018); Against Nature, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin (2018); Covers and Counterfeits, The MAC, Belfast (2018); Neil Gall: The Studio: Cover Versions, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2018); Paperhouse, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin (2016); and Cut-Outs, Offcuts and Holes, David Nolan Gallery, New York (2015).  Selected group exhibitions include FIGURE/S: Drawing after Bellmer, Drawing Room, London (2021); Memories, Simmons & Simmons, London (2020); Dark Lantern, Sabine Knust, Munich (2019); Backyard Sculpture, Domobaal, London (2019); Moto Ondoso Stabile (Average Waves in Unprotected Waters), z20 Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2017); and Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawing Acquisitions, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (2015).

Awards and residencies include the Abbey Major Scholar in Painting at The British School at Rome (1993-94); and Artist in Residence, Durham Cathedral (1996-7).

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