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‘History’ – portraits from Adam Neate at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms

As I am reading the press release of History – Adam Neate. Portraits from 2006 -2013, I remember that last time I got that excited by a show about portraits was when I went to see Joram Roukes at Signal gallery.

Adam Neate (as much as Joram Roukes) is the sort of artists that will challenge whatever perception of portraiture in art you might have by giving you something radically different to look at. Do not look for resemblance  in Adam’s work, his portraits are more expressions of characters in their social environments but what makes his work unique is the mediums he uses – Perspex, metal, fabrics, lenticulars and film.

Neate’s subject matter is in the strong British tradition of social realism, yet the materials he uses to make his brush strokes challenge tradition. In his iconic portraits, as well as in his portrayals of domestic life, the self-taught artist continues to push boundaries and challenge himself. Neate wrestles with new ideas in painting while working through the powerful emotions that are ever present in his overtly personal work.” Elms Lesters Painting Rooms.

Adam Neate at Elms Lester Painting Rooms

Where – Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London
When – 16Nov 2013 – 14Dec 2013 | Tuesday – Friday 12 noon – 7pm Saturdays 11am – 5pm

Adam Neate, dimensional painting at Elms

Adam Neate - Red Dimensional Portrait
Adam Neate – Red Dimensional Portrait

Once again I was on my way to the Elms Lesters Painting rooms to go and check out the latest dimensional paintings from Adam Neate. I still had so many good memories from Adam Neate’s last year’s show, also held at this venue, that I could not wait to see what this new show had to offer.

The layout and feel of the Elms Lesters painting rooms is as I remembered it – high ceilings, wooden floors and a relative darkness only interrupted by spots of lights giving the artist’s pieces all the shine and attention they deserve. But Adam Neate’s works would not even need all that for the visitor to quickly realise that what they are looking at is something quite special, something you also need to look at for a little moment to get what it actually is.

Acrylic, perspex, metal and aerosol on board : there you have what makes up Adam Neate’s works. But these mediums need some solid  imagination as well as some advanced manual dexterity to transform and assemble some elaborate and intricate pieces of dimensional art – Adam Neate has just done that.

The palette used is flamboyant with a preference for red, the shapes are rounded, the end result is astonishing. Adam Neate’s art is very evocative, his job is to put shapes and colors together, your job is to see through these and come back out with a vision of the piece, your own vision of what you are actually looking at. I found his series of  “Red Dimnesional Portraits” very powerful, I could almost hear them shouting at me as I walk past them. The flamboyant colors and defaced visages have certainly something to do with it.

Adam Neate

This review will not be complete without mentioning his “Canvas Crucifix”. The Elms Lesters Painting rooms have been accommodated to give even more emphasis to this amazing piece of art. A wall was especially made so the piece could be hang on and with a clever setting of light and shadow, isolate the piece from everything else and draw people’s attention. I found myself very intrigued, slightly apprehensive and thinking “What the hell is that? Adam Neate torn the whole canvas, while still attached the frame, in a such way that he managed to produce what looks like a character on a crucifix. No painting here just a very original use of the canvas as such – a dimensional approach again.

The show at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms is now over. You will find more pictures of the show by scrolling down.

Adam Neate - BLue Reclining Nuce
Adam Neate – Blue Reclining Nude
Adam Neate - Red Dimensional Portrait
Adam Neate – Red Dimensional Portrait

Adam Neate - The Wine DrinkerAdam Neate - Kneeling & Screaming

Adam Neate - Red Dimensional PortraitAdam Neate

Adam Neate - Crucifix Canvas

Adam Neate at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms

Last time we went to see an Adam Neate’s show, precisely at the same venue, we were happily surprised by the freshness of Adam Neate’s three dimensional works.

I hadn’t seen such work, such technique before – 3D in paintings using Perspex being such a modern medium. The sober atmosphere, high ceilings and spot on lighting at Elms Lesters painting rooms enhance Adam Neate’s art which seems to gravitate around you.

You will find below a few pics of his show last year

A definite must see show
When – until 29th October
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturdays 11am – 5pm