Neil Wood is a professional sculptor and fine artist . He has many years experience teaching and lecturing in fine art and sculpture at institutions in the UK. He has worked in various settings; in education, as artist in residence and visiting lecturer, alongside his practice producing sculpture for exhibition and public commissions.

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    Recent Work

     

    Refugee is a critique of governments and regimes complicity in the injustices, oppression and cruelty inflicted on the underprivileged and dispossessed. Media coverage of these injustices seems to negate the individual. This body of work focuses on individual relationships, families, children etc, in an attempt to humanise and depoliticise in favour of and emotional understanding.

    The course handling of the form, the textual qualities of the metals and the patination are intended to suggest the harshness of the subject. The individual titles however, allow for an ambiguity of interpretation and are intended to create a dichotomous experience for the viewer. 

    Displaced is a series of sculptures, works on paper and cast relief panels loosely called that explores a general socio-political theme of inequality imposed by circumstance. In more particular terms I’m attempting to convey an emotional response to varied humanitarian challenges of the twenty first century, albeit through a formalistic sculptural language that draws on a twentieth century aesthetic and sculptural tradition.

    The Intolerable Condition

    In Art and Revolution: Ernst Neizvestny and the role of the artist in the USSR, 1969, John Burger concludes that art has a role to play in challenging ‘the intolerable condition of inequality in the world’. Now, over fifty years later, there is far greater inequality in the world, but it remains, intolerable. Therefore art should continue, where possible, to highlight and challenge this condition.

    These works represent a challenge to the condition of inequality, exploitation and oppression of the individual.  I’ve used ‘The Intolerable Condition’ as an overarching title for a series of works that are intended to progress conceptually from a condition of passivity to one of revolt.

    In his review of the exhibition ‘New Aspects of British Art , Venice Biennale 1952  Herbert Read referred to the work of Lyne Chadwick, Ken Armitage et al as a ‘geometry of fear’ That fear being the collective anxiety brought about by the uncertainty of a cold war nuclear age, coupled with memories of two devastating world wars. Fears and anxieties in a global context continue today unabated and multiplied.

    The notion of a ‘geometry of fear’ has enormous resonance for me in my work. The idea that an abstract concept like fear might have a tangible, measurable geometry holds great sculptural appeal. My series of figure represent an attempt to explore a geometry for ideas, more precisely four ideas that progress from passivity to revolt. They are: - The Geometry of Resilience – The Geometry of Resistance – The Geometry of Rebellion – The Geometry of Revolution. 

    He employs a Modernist methodology to explore the human condition in the 21st century. He continues to use the figure as a vehicle to explore formal material qualities and visual language as a means of expressing, often complex, ideas about the world we inhabit and the nature of human experience and relationships.  Recent work explores social and political injustices inflicted on the underprivileged and displaced worldwide.

    SELECTED BIOGRAPHY
     
    b-1963
     
    education

    Rochdale College of Art, Foundation Certificate in Art & Design, 1984-85

    Wimbledon School of Art, BA Hons Degree in Fine Art – Sculpture, 1985-88

    Keele University, MA Visual Art in Contemporary Culture (Theory), 1995-97

    Staffordshire University, PGCE Level 7 DTTLS, 2008-09

    exhibitions

    Cannizaro Park, London, group exhibition, 1986- 88

    Carters Gallery, Cheshire, solo exhibition, 1991

    Ridware Art Centre, Staffordshire, solo open-air exhibition, 1991

    Wedgwood Memorial College, Staffordshire, permanent collection, 1991

    Custard Factory, Birmingham, group exhibition, 1994

    Shelton Studio Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, solo exhibition, 1995

    Hanover Gallery, Liverpool, solo exhibition, 1996

    Big Peg Gallery, Birmingham, solo exhibition, 1996

    Chancellors Gallery, Keele University, group exhibition, 1998

    Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, group exhibition, 1998

    Coombes Contemporary, London, group exhibition,  2000

    No9 The Gallery, Birmingham, group exhibition, 2001&02

    Friary Gallery, Lichfield, solo exhibition, 2001&02

    Bruton Street Gallery, London, group exhibition, 2002

    Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Accurate, group exhibition, 2003

    Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, group exhibition, 2008

    The Art Lounge Gallery, Birmingham, group exhibition, 2008-09

    Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, group exhibition, 2008-09

    Artwave West Summer Exhibition, Dorset, group exhibition, 2018

    Francis Iles Gallery, Quarterly Collection Exhibition, Rochester, group exhibition 2018

    The British Art Fair, The Saatchi Gallery, London, represented by Katherine House Gallery 2018

    London Art Fair , Business Design Centre, London 2019

    Bircham Gallery, Norfolk, group exhibition 2019

    London Art Fair , Business Design Centre, London 2020

    'Essence' Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, group exhibition 2020

    'Form' Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, group exhibition, 2020

    commissions

    ‘Mercury’ Goodyear UK Ltd, Wolverhampton, large public sculpture commission, 1998

    ‘Walking Together’ Diocese of Lichfield, St Nicholas’s Church, site specific commission,  2002

    ‘Violin’ Safeway’s supermarket, Greater Manchester, large scale public commission, 2003

    Pritchard Holdings, Staffs Technology Park, two major public sculpture commissions, 2003-04

    ‘Heritage’ Cannock Council, Sculpture Commemorating Mining Industry, Unveiled by Arts Minister Estelle Morris, 2004

    ‘Falcon’ Pritchard Holdings, Cannock, 6 metre sculpture, 2005

    ‘Wedding Party’ Birmingham City Council, New Central Registry Office, 2005

    ‘The Glow Tree’ Oxford City Council, 6 metre community arts project & commission, 3006

    Laser Process Ltd, 3 metre public sculpture, 2005/6

    ‘Together We Can Fly’ Pendeford College, Wolverhampton, Workshops & commission, 2007

    Hilllstone Primary, Birmingham, workshop & sculpture commission, 2007

    The Upper House, Barlaston, Staffs,sculpture commission 'First Dance' 2015

    GE Grid Solutions UK, Three sculpture commission, 2016

    Stafford Borough Council & Beacon Business Park, Public Sculpture Commission, 2017

    lecturing

    Staffordshire University, p/t lecturer in bronze casting (summer schools),  1992.93.94

    Staffordshire University, p/t lecturer in sculpture and drawing, 1994-95

    Stafford College, p/t lecturer in figurative sculpture, 1994-98

    Stafford College, Head of HND Fine Art & Sculpture, 1999-04

    Frink School of Figurative Sculpture, Visiting Lecturer & workshop coordinator, 2005

    Stafford College, Part Time lecturer, Art & Design, 2006

    Edexcel, GCSE External Moderator in Art & Design, 2008-09

    Stafford College, Course leader – FdA Contemporary Art Practice,  2009-14

    Stafford College, HE Coordinator,  2010-14

     
    projects & collaborations

    Artists Newsletter, series of six articles on sculpture techniques, 1993-95

    Oxford University Press, book cover illustration, 2001

    Oxford City Council, Collaborative community arts project, workshops & mentoring, 2006

    Pendeford College, Wolverhampton, Collaborative community arts project & workshops, 2007

    Hilllstone Primary, Birmingham, workshop & sculpture commission, 2007

    Shugborough Estate – Organiser of open-air sculpture trail, 2010 & 11

    Open Art 07Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Selector & Judge, 2007

    Making Moves Craft Commissions, Programme Selector and Educational Partner, 2012

    STart. Coordinator of Heritage Art Trail, Stafford, 2013

    Broken Mould Studios Founder/Director, 2013 – present

    Broken Mould Studios – Armatures for Sculpture Workshops, 2014

    Sculpture Village, Southwell, Notts, Sculpture Trail & Workshops, 2014

    Open Art 14Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Selector & Judge, 2014

    Artist in Residance, Dean Oakes School, Wimslow, 2015