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Neil Pittaway NEAC, RWS, RE, LFA       Selected  Biography / CV's

 

       Neil Pittaway Short Biography

 

 

Neil Pittaway studied at the Royal Academy Schools (Royal Academy of Arts), London, University Bradford, the University of Huddersfield, the University of Seville, Spain and Cheltenham School of Art.

 

Neil has works in many public and private collections including; the Royal Collection, London, Ashmolean Museum of Arts and Archeology, Oxford, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Victoria and Albert museum, London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Guildhall Art Library, London, the Indian institute of Contemporary Art, Mumbai, India and Heritage Collection Malta, Valletta, Malta.

 

Neil is a Member of the NEW English Art Club (NEAC), Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Leeds Fine Artists (LFA), Alumni Graduate Member of the Royal Academy Schools, (Royal Academy of Arts), London

 

Neil has and continues to exhibit his works in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, venues have included the Royal Albert Hall, London, Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Mall Galleries London, Bankside Gallery London, Christies,   Mayfair, London, British Council Gallery New Delhi and the Museum of modern Art Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 

 

 

More Biographical /C.V. Details..                                                    

 

 

 

1973               Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire

1979               Started drawing from and early age entering many competitions including winning a BBC

                        Blue Peter Competition badge 

 

1992 -1996   Cheltenham School of Art, BA Hons painting

 

1995               D.H. Lawrence Museum Commission, Awarded by Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire

                        Studied Lithography at the University of Seville, Spain (Awarded a Certificate of Merit)

1996-1998    Bradford School of Art, (University of Bradford), MA Printmaking (with Distinction)

 

1998              First works Exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (Further numerous works exhibited)

 

1998 -2001   Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts, London

                        Royal Academy of Arts Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art 

2000              Elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE)

2001               Awarded the British Institution Prize for Drawing

 

2001               Contributor, The Great Artists series, Tim Marlow, Channel 5 Television

                        First Aarticle published in Printmaking Today 

                        Awarded the British Institution Prize for Printmaking and first works aquired by the Ashmolean Museum

                       Awarded the Excellence in Drawing Award by the Arts Club, Mayfair, London. (Served on the Excellence in   

                       drawing committee for a few years)

 

2002              Commissioned drawings for 'London in Poetry and Prose' first publushed in London by Enitharmon Press

                        Elected to the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS)  

 

2004 -2005  University of Huddersfield Post-Graduate Certificate in Education

             

2007              First trip to India and a cultural visit with the Royal Watercolour Society in collaboration with the Indian

                        Institute of Contemporary Art. (Subsequent exhibtions in London and Mumbai followed)

 

2008              Royal Watercolour Anniversary Exhibition Bankside Gallery (With a visit by H.M. The Queen)

  

2012               First painting trek to Nepal, Visiting the Everest region, with  subsequent treks later to Annapurna Base Camp 

                        and the Langtang Gosainkund Regions of Nepal.

                        Exhibtied at the Royal Albert Hall, and my painting 'Last night of the proms is chosen and reproduced on the 

                        frist Royal Albert Hall Callendar cover and sold in their shop

2015              Elected an Associate Member of the Alpine Club London following participation in exhibtions and delivering  

                       workshops at the Mountain Arts Festival organised by Sir Chris Bonnington and Doug Scott CBE  

 

2016              Elected a Member of New English Art Club (NEAC) based at the Federation of Birtish Artists and 

                       Mall Galleries, London 

 

2017              In the Shadow of Giant's Paintings in and around the Mont Blanc circuit Exhibited in a Solo the 

                       Alpine CLub London following a previous Tour Du Mont Blanc circuit trip 

 

2018              Trek and Painting Trip to the mountain region of Transylvania, Romania

                       Works specially produced and exhibtied in Dean Clough's Brexit show in Halifax, Yorkshire  

 

2019              Trek and Painting Trip to the Georgian Caucasus with subsequent paintings produced from this trip 

 

Education and Qualifications                                                                                                                  

 

BA (HONS) Fine Art Painting, Cheltenham School of Art

 

Cirtificate of Merit in Lithography Printing, The University of Seville, Spain

 

MA in Printmaking with Distinction, The University of Bradford

 

Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Royal Academy

of Arts, London  

 

Post-Graduate Cirtificate in Education (PGCE), The University of Huddersfield 

 

                                                                                                                                                                  

Memberships and Societies

 

Member of the New English Art Club (NEAC) Elected 2016

 

Member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) Elected 2002

 

Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) Elected 2000

 

Member of Leeds Fine Artists (LFA)

 

Associate Member of the Alpine Club, London, (AC) Elected 2015

 

Member of the Alumni Association of Graduates of the Royal Academy Schools, London, (since graduation in 2001) 

 

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes                                                                                                              

 

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.

 

Selected Past Group Exhibitions 

                                                                                                        

1995         Erasmus Show, Cheltenham school of Art, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK 

1995         The Laing National Art Competition, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate and Mall Galleries, London

1996         Final Degree Show, Cheltenham School of Art, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK 

1996         The Making of Print, Elizabethan Gallery & Power House 11, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK 

1997         First time exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibtion, London (Exhibited regular since) 

1997         The Salon Des Graphiques, Curwen Gallery, London

1997         Winter Open Exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery & Museum, Yorkshire,  Hull, UK  

1997         National Open Print Competition & Michael Rothenstein Trophy Whitley’s, London

1998         MA Graduation Exhibition, Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax

1998         Art Auction & Show, Bradford City Hall, Yorkshire, UK

1999         Opposites, Wakefield Artsmill Gallery, Yorkshire, UK,  (Two person Exhibition) 

1999         Artists Show ‘99, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK 

1999        International Student Print Exhibition, Falmouth College of Arts,

                 Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Art (Touring to other venues), UK

2000       Post-it -Note Anniversary Exhibtion, Royal Academy of Arts, London 

1999        Ida Branson Bequest Exhibition, The Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset, UK 

1999        London North-Landscapes, Artmonsky Arts, London

2000       Inka’s 3rd Summer Extravaganza, Knighton Mill, Broad Chalk, Nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

2000       Imagination for Cancer, The Imagination Gallery, London

2000       Premiums, Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London 

2000        R.E. Members Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conway, Wales

2000       Yorkshire Print Exhibition, York City Art Gallery, York, Yorkshire, UK 

2001         Royal Academy Graduates Show, Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2001,2002,2003  Artists Member Show, Dover Street Arts Club, London

2002        Summer Exhibition, The Plus One Plus Two Galleries, Marylebone, London

2002        Art Into Landscape New British Artists, The Sheriden Russell Gallery, London

2003        The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (Invited Artist)

2004         Summer Show, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, UK 

2004         The Koestler Trust Exhibition and Auction, The Chapel, H.M.P. Wormwood Scrubs, Prison, London

2004         Landscape and Heritage, jersey Galleries, The National Trust, Osterly Park, London

                   (Three Artists from one Family) 

2004         The Watercolour and drawings fair, Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London

2004         The Post card Auction and Exhibition, South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Exeter, UK 

2005         Emblems and Icons, Burlington Fine Art, Piccadilly, London (Solo show)

2005         The Artist and Radio 4 Anniversary Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

                    (Including a feature on BBC Radio 4   website)

2006         The Sunday Times Singer Friedlander Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries,

                   London &  Sculpture Hall, Manchester Town Hall, UK 

2006        The Prize winners show, The Dover Street Arts Club, Mayfair, London, UK

2007         Art for life Christies Contemporary Art, Mayfair, London

2007         Ten days in Aurangabad, Touring show in Mumbai and London 

2008         The Watercolours and Drawings Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London 

2008         The A1 Open, North Eastern England exhibition, The Station, Richmond, Yorkshire, Awarded

                   Judges choice 3rd   prize 

2009         LIoyd's TSB Journeys, Touring Exhibition, throughout the U.K. including Chatsworth House, Derbyshire 

2010         Royal Watercolour Society Spring Exhivbtion, Bankside Gallery, London 

2011          Chung-Shan National Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, Robeson Gallery,

                  The Penn State University and Carrollton Arts Centre, U.S.A

2012         A Year in the Life of the Royal albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, London 

2014         Rabley Sketchbook Prize and Exhibtion, Touring show throughout the West of England, UK

2015         Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London (And many previous years) 

2015         Mountain Arts Festival Exhibition, Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria, UK

2015         LFA Northern Edition, Pannett Park Art Gallery, Whitby, Yorkshire, UK   

2016         Big Draw, It’s our World Exhibition and Auction, Christies, Mayfair, London

2016         Shakespeare a celebration, Bankside Gallery in Parneship with the Globe Theatre, London 

2016         Showcase, Dean CLough Galleries, Halifax, Yorkshire, UK

2017         New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London 

2017         LFA Northern Connections, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK

2018        Equinox, Felix and Spear Gallery, London

2018        New English Art Club (NEAC), Geedon Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK

2019        New English Art Club (NEAC), Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2019        Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2020       New English Arts Club at Chris Beetles, Chris Beetles Gallery, St James's, Mayfair, London 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                                     

 

2019         Pathway's in Time, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Yorkshire 

2017         In the Shadow of Giant's Paintings in and around the Mont Blanc circuit, Alpine Club, London 

2015         Recalling Nepal and Visualizing History, King’s Lynn Arts Centre Galleries, U.K. 

2015         Visual Histories, Dean Clough Arts, Halifax,  Yorkshire, U.K. 

2014         Time and Place, Shine Arts, Leeds, U.K.

2013         Journeys in line and colour, The Yorkshire Gallery, Bradford College of Art, U.K.

2011         European Journeys and other Worlds, King’s Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk, U.K.

2005        Emblems and Icons, Burlington Fine Art, Piccadilly, London 

2003        London Journeys, Arts mill, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, U.K.

2003        Urban Dreams, Mansion Galleries, Southhill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, U.K.

  

Selected Past Places Exhibited At                                                                                                        

 

The Arts Club, Mayfair, London 

Bankside Gallery, London 

Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London Royal Academy of Arts, London

Geedon Gallery, Colchester, UK  

Royal Albert Hall, London

Nehru Centre, London 

Mall Galleries, London

Christies, Mayfair, London 

Felix and Spear Gallery, London 

Waterstones, Piccadilly, London

St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales 

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK

Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK

Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK

Dean Clough, Bradford, UK

Leeds City Art Gallery, UK 

York City Art Gallery, UK

Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria, UK 

St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK 

Pannett Park Art Gallery, Whitby, Yorkshire, UK

Inspired By Gallery, North York Moors National Park, Danby Near Whitby, Yorkshire, UK 

Lloyd’s TSB touring show to various TSB banks and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK

Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston- Upon- Hull, UK

North Light Gallery, Near Huddersfield, UK

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, Yorkshire, UK 

Robeson Gallery, The Penn State University, USA Carrollton Cultural Arts Centre, Georgia, USA

Heritage Malta, Valletta, Malta

Fabriano Museum, Italy

Centro Mondigliani, Florence, Italy

British Council Gallery, New Delhi, India 

National Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 

Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi, Kenya  

Chris Beetles Gallery, St. James's, Mayfair, London 

 

Film, Television and Online                                                                                                                     

 

1999           Pulling in different directions, Neil Pittaway, Online Article by Miranda Mason 

2001           Contributor to the Great Artists series, Tim Marlow, Channel 5 Television, U.K. 

2002          Contributor to 'Serious Pleasure', Centro Mondigliani Exhibtion Film, Florence, Italy,

                    Broadcast by ItalianRegional Television, Tuscany, Italy

2005           The Artist and BBC Radio 4, Sound and Vision, Listed online on BBC Radio 4 

2011            Neil Pittaway BBC Interview for 'European Journeys and other Worlds', Exhibition,

                    BBC Radio Norfolk, Broadcast January 2011

2011            Artists at Eden, D.V.D, Artist and Film, London 

2015           Eastern Daily Press, Norfolk, UK, Article for King’s Lynn Arts Centre Solo Exhibition 

            

Collections                                                                                                                                                 

 

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, Oxford

 

Alpine Club, London  

 

Arts Club, Mayfair, London

 

Art House, Wakefield, Yorkshire,UK

 

Bradford School of Art, Bradford College, Yorkshire, UK

 

Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London

 

Guildhall Art Library, Corporation of London, City of London

 

Guy’s Hospital, London

 

D.H. Lawrence Museum, Nottinghamshire, UK

 

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

Heritage Malta Collection, Valletta, Malta

 

Indian Institute of Contemporary Art, Mumbai, India

 

St. Paul’s Cathedral Library, London

 

Royal Collection, London

 

Royal Air Force (RAF) 

  

Royal Watercolour Society Diploma Collection, Bankside Gallery, London

 

University of Gloucestershire, Cheltneham, UK

 

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

 

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, (Former Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Department of Education, London). 

 

Brendan Coyle, (Actor) 

 

Mark Hill, (Antiques Expert and TV Presenter)

 

Selected Publications                                                                                                                                    

 

2002         Drawings published by Enitharmon Press in an Anthology of London in Poetry and Prose,

                   Edited by Anna Adams ISBN 1 900564 03 3

2004         Contributor to Watercolour Expert, Published by Cassell Illustrated, London and New York ISBN: 9781844031498                   

2006         Contributor to Watercolour Masters Then and Now, published by Cassell Illustrated, London

                   and New York ISBN 1 900564 03 3 

2009         Contributor to Pintmakers Secrets, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi

                   and Sydney ISBN 9780713689112 

2015         Contributor Watercolour Secrets, Published, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, Oxford, New york, New Delhi

                  and New York ISBN 978140814271

 

Selected Published Articles                                                                                                                        

 

2001        Ambit 164, Longitude Etching, Published by Ambit 164, UK

2001        The London Connection, Printmaking Today Magazine, Cello Press, Oxfordshire, UK

2005        Artists notebook, Trafalgar Anniversary Article, Illustration Magazine, UK

2010        The Poetry Magazine, image published with an article on the Poet Louis McNeice, The Poetry Magazine, UK

2010        An Eye to the Past, Exhibition review article, Printmaking Today Magazine, Cello Press, Oxfordshire, UK

                 

 

Artist Statement                                                                                                                                          

 

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.

 

Method of Working                                                                                                                                   

 

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.

 

Read more about Neil's work and idas by clicking the link below to an interview Neil conducted with the New English Art Club: 

https://www.newenglishartclub.co.uk/news/interview-neil-pittaway-neac-rws-re

 

 

 

 

  

 

             

                        

Neil has won many Awards for his work including the British Institution prizes for both drawing and printmaking, Ashmolean Museum Oxford Award and the Arts Club London Excellence in Drawing Award. His work has also been featured in many publications including drawings commissioned by Enithamon Press, London for an Anthology of London Poetry and prose. He has had some of his printmaking work featured in the Great Artist television series for Channel 5, (UK) and DVD film painting at the Eden Project in Cornwall (UK), also interviews and work broadcast on BBC Radio. 

 

Neil has won many Awards for his work including the British Institution prizes for both drawing and printmaking, Ashmolean Museum Oxford Award and the Arts Club London Excellence in Drawing Award. His work has also been featured in many publications including drawings commissioned by Enithamon Press, London for an Anthology of London Poetry and prose. He has had some of his printmaking work featured in the Great Artist television series for Channel 5, (UK) and DVD film painting at the Eden Project in Cornwall (UK), also interviews and work broadcast on BBC Radio.