Approved: 08.11.2016

Allison Neal

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Writer

Approved: 08.11.2016
  • Location: Abergavenny, Wales

Artist Statement

The landscape is made of layers of history and memory and time. The past remains visible in traces and shadows. It stains the landscape like lichen and dissolves it in grey clouds and damp mist.

Here, in South Wales, the recent industrial past has been brushed out of sight. Pits and quarries, limekilns and iron works have vanished. Slag heaps are grassed over, reservoirs turned into lakes, railway lines have become footpaths but traces still remain. An older memory of small hill farms has left it’s shadows too and, older still, the faintest of footprints mark the paths of the people who built hill forts and raised standing stones. Accretions of time, of memory, overlay and cover and hide the past. Only fragments survive to whisper in forgotten languages.

Since the beginning of the year I have been working in the landscape of the coal valleys of South Wales, looking for an equivalence, not to what the landscape looks like, but to how it hides and reveals the past. My pencil walks across the surface of the land listening to its history.

The collages are made from fragments of other paintings. The gestures and marks which held one meaning now convey very different information. They are transposed and transformed just as the landscape has been.

CV & Education

Allison  Ruth  Boughton   Neal 

07976 459573

[email protected]



PhD by practice  University of Gloucester.

M.A. Printmaking Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts.

A.T.C. Sussex University.

B.A. Fine Art - Painting and Printmaking University of Wolverhampton, Faculty of Art & Design

Recent Employment

Lecturer MA Fine Art University of Gloucestershire.

Drawing workshops, The Printshed, Madley.

Course Leader BA(Hons) Fine Art Hereford College of Arts March ‘04 – Sept 2015


Professional Engagement

External Examiner AB Art & Design University of Ulster ’12- ‘15

External Examiner HND Fine Art Buckinghamshire New University ’08 – 09

Pre validation Reader HND /BA Top Up Fine Art Thames Valley University July ‘09

Pre Validation Panel BA Fine Art University of Worcester July ’08

Design, development and validation of MA Fine Arts course HCA ‘13

Design, development and validation of BA(Hons) Fine Art course HCA ‘05


Recent Exhibitions

2017. 40 Days - Discoed

2015  PhD exhibition – Hardwick Centre of Art & Photography University of Gloucester

2013  Derwent Drawing Prize Exhibition

          The Last Supper - Discoed

2012  The Stations of the Cross - Discoed

2011  h.Arts Selected Exhibition - Hereford Kia Steele h.Arts Prize

2009  Paintings & Prints Oriel Barker Gallery Pontypool

          Royal West of England Annual Exhibition

2008  Royal West of England Annual Exhibition

          Colours You Can’t Imagine St David’s Hall Cardiff

          Showborough House Spring Exhibition

2007  Telling Stories solo exhibition Llanover Hall Arts Centre Cardiff

2006  Royal West of England Annual Exhibition

          Birmingham Soc. Of Artists Open Print Show    Tanner Prize

          Spring Show Galanthus Gallery Herefordshire

2005  Art in Action - Oxford

          Group Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs Abergavenny

2004 The Thin Line – group exhibition Oriel Barker Pontypool

          New Work - solo exhibition - The Rodd, Presteigne

         New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

          Beyond the Borders - Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff

         New Works on Paper - Burt’s Gallery, London

         Originals - Contemporary Print Exhibition - Mall Galleries London 

        Hot off the Press - Curwen Gallery, London

          Encore - Royal West of England Academy Exhibition

2003 The  Midland  Grand  Christmas  Show -  London

          Royal  West  of  England  Annual  Exhibition

          Hill  Court  Gallery  Summer  Show  -Abergavenny

           National  Print  Exhibition  - Mall  Galleries      Fabriano  Mill  Paper  Prize

                                                                                    Artichoke  Print  Workshop  Award

                                                                                    Galleries  Magazine  Prize