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Neil Myers: 2011 Emerging Artist

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: March, 2011, Page 70
Neil Myers


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Residence: Tucson

What is your art background?
I am self-taught and have spent more time in museums than most mortals could bear. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French studies, which exposed me to the classic works of the best French artists.

What inspires you?
Nature inspires all that is best in art, and this is so for me. I am not one who follows the model of nature exactly, as my art tends to be more Expressionistic. There are no pretentions to realism in my work. My art represents a meeting point between what I see and what I feel. This is true of the painters I admire most, such as Jean-Claude Quilici and Vincent Van Gogh.

What is your most significant art-related achievement?
Having a one-man show at the age of 33 was great. But mostly, it is the collectors from all over who have bought my work, and have never ceased to tell me how strongly they feel about it.

What do you love most about your medium?
I love to see the work of the brush and the palette knives preserved in the surface of the paint. With that, the motion and energy of a work are preserved.

What’s on the horizon?
I’d like to continue the diversification of my subject matter. Many people who know my Arizona and New Mexico works are not aware that I also have painted subjects referencing France, Egypt and the Pacific Islands.

Clockwise from top left: Trail to Romero Pools, 24"H x 24"W • The Flowers of Fall, 30"H x 40"W • Fence Shadows ll, 40"H x 30"W • Delicate Arch, 36"H x 36"W

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