Neil Shawcross RHA, RUA Chair & Unbrella

Neil Shawcross was born in Lancashire, England in 1940 and has been a resident of Northern Ireland since 1962. He trained at Bolton College of Art and Lancaster College of Art. He has exhibited steadily throughout Ireland for more than thirty years in various galleries, including the Tom Caldwell, Belfast; Peacock Gallery, Craigavon; Bell Gallery, Belfast and the Sligo Art Gallery. He has also exhibited internationally in London, Hong Kong and U.S.A. Shawcross was Professor of Painting at the College of Art in Belfast until his retirement in 2004 and is now in the happy position of being able to devote his entire energies to the creation of art. Already he has carved out a unique position for himself in the hierarchy of modern Irish painting. Shawcross’ practice is dominated by portraiture and still life. His influences are primarily French and include Bonnard, Matisse and Cezanne. He is considered one of the most innovative and exciting figurative artists working in Ireland today. His figures are a veritable tour de force where gestures, movement and volume are revealed with a minimum of brush strokes. This aspect of his oeuvre got prominence in the recent annual exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy with splendid single-sitting portraits of fellow-artist Graham Gingles and art historian Bruce Arnold


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