Neal Greig is a renowned Irish artist being in born in Belfast in 1965. At an early age he identified his need to peruse his creative passions. His vision and talent took him to the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, where he graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art in 1987. His unparrelled desire to hone his talent lead him to completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art in 1990, and his unique talent provided him with the Andrew Grant Scholarship to realize this.
Over the years his career excelled and attracted many awards included the coveted Pollock-Frasner Foundation Award. The widow of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner established this foundation for the sole purpose of recognising highly talented artists, such as Neal.
Neal’s work is housed in numerous private and public collections, as well has being exhibited in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany and America.
Taking up residence in rural Ireland he turn his creative inspiration on renovating an 1820’s farmhouse. The farmhouse located on the perimeter of the Castle Leslie Estate in Glaslough. Co Monaghan, provided the serine country setting to provide the perfect backdrop and inspiration that he need to produce the passionate work that reflects the magnificent Irish landscape. The country residence provided a old barn that allow a studio gallery to be set up to provide a creative space to paint, teach and invite art enthusiast to experience his inspiration first hand. The magically setting of the ancient forests, rolling green hills and Castle backdrop tapped into his deep connection with the Irish landscape and culture which is so masterfully depicted through his art.
Capturing the mystery of the wild Irish landscape through the dramatically changing seasons provides endless inspiration which characterizes his dramatic and powerful landscapes. Each piece has its own unique story to tell and place for people to escape the world for those few moments.
The powerful ocean was never far from his mind. Nature provides the most dramatic and mood changing canvas and was an endless inspiration. Neal knew he had to succumb to the pull of the ocean, and with this desire he found the most serine location on the far west of Ireland on Coney Island in County Sligo. Coney Island is 400 acres with beautiful beaches, unspoiled landscapes and rabbits, which it inherited it name from. Neal immediately knew that this was the place in which to establish his island art studio where he could be inspired.
Neal depiction of this magical landscape is both haunting and surreal. The energy of nature can be felt through his works. His unique ability to translate his perception of the world onto canvas leaves the viewer with a sense of being part of something greater. Neal’s desire is to express his inspiration of the beautiful, rich and changing Irish landscapes through translating them into exceptional art works for others to enjoy.
He divides his time between his country and island studios. His passion to share his experiences and talents has lead Neal to hold workshops and host budding artists to share his scenic inspirations and provide a magically location for his students to learn, paint and experience life as he does.