Neil Meacher - 'Daydreaming in Dyfed'

Artist Name:

Neil Meacher

Years:

1934-2010

Nationality:

English

Painting Name:

Daydreaming in Dyfed

Current Location:

Available for sale but currently not on display

Signed & dated 1982 upper right

Mixed media

75cm x 51cm

Price:

£ 1,695.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original mixed media artwork by Neil Meacher RI ARCA dated 1982.
The work is presented and supplied in its original aluminium frame and behind glass.

Neil Meacher was an artist, illustrator and teacher who worked in a variety of media.

He was born and brought up in the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich, Kent in 1934. He attended Canterbury College of Art, 1951-5, then the Royal College of Art, 1957-60. His intention was to pursue a career teaching art and he did this with considerable success, teaching at various art schools. Between 1969 and 1986 he was Director of Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Ealing Polytechnic, and from 1986 until 1990 he was Visiting Professor of Illustration at New University, High Wycombe.

During the 1950s Meacher was influenced by the Neo-Romantic Artists who were prominent in the post-war decade, in particular John Piper, John Minton and Edward Bawden. Later, some continental travel revealed to him the French Cubist painters and their creative thinking inspired more invention in his own work.

In 1980 Meacher was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and in 1992 was a winner of the Windsor and Newton Anniversary Award. At the RI Annual Exhibition in 2011, a year after his death, a new Neil Meacher RI Sketchbook Award was initiated in his honour.

During his lifetime Meacher exhibited with the John Nevill Gallery in Canterbury, New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham and Re Gallery, Sussex. He
was an active participant in the local art world.

His principal skill was always drawing; his work is characterised by his linear design and use of bright colour, chiefly in watercolour. His favourite subjects were maritime themes, from along the coast of Southeast England. In 1995 Neil and his wife Margaret even settled in a warehouse studio home along the Rye’s Strand Quay where they could look out onto boats on the Tillingham. His best works are intensely joyful, colourful and often contain gentle good-natured humour.

This original mixed media work is a very busy composition of many activities and geographical features; a true delight for the eyes! Dyfed is a preserved county of Wales, created on 1 April 1974 as an amalgamation of the three pre-existing counties of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. It was abolished twenty-two years later, on 1 April 1996, when the three original counties were reinstated, Cardiganshire being renamed Ceredigion the following day. The name Dyfed is retained for certain ceremonial and other purposes. It is a mostly rural county with a coastline on the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel.
 
The image here shows a rounded headland on the coast, with the sea below and shoreline in the foreground, rolling back into the distance. There is a wealth of detail and activity and the more you look, the more you see! There are ships and boats on the sea. On the sea-wall there is an art class, with a line of artists sitting painting at their easels. There are seagulls with a cup of tea, a brass band playing in a cave, a couple sunbathing in the nude, a group of cows surrounding a camping tent, tea-rooms on the cliffs etc. The style is neat and detailed, with individual waves of the sea, blocks of stone and bricks in walls all delineated separately. It is quirky and full of good humour. The palette is delicate, but pretty with brick reds, sweet green grass, soft pinks and varied blues. The ship on the horizon puffs out dark clouds of smoke in to a pale blue sky, with white clouds.

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