Neil Meacher - 'Low tide in Rye'

Artist Name:

Neil Meacher





Painting Name:

Low tide in Rye

Current Location:

The Big Sky Gallery, Usk, Monmouthshire

Signed & dated 1965 lower left


17cm x 24cm


£ 295.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original watercolour by Neil Meacher RI ARCA dated 1965.
The work is presented and supplied in its original 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.


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