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Neil Canning

Neil Canning was born in Oxfordshire in 1960. Early in his career he was based in Wales where he painted figurative landscapes but his work changed in 1997 when he moved to St Ives, here he immediately responded to the drama and rugged character of the coastal landscape. His work, though still referencing the natural world, its topography, atmosphere and weather, became more abstract, showing an affinity he acknowledges to earlier St Ives artists such as Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron. The use of intense colour and energetic gesture became hallmarks of his visual vocabulary, conveying his emotional response to his experience of particular places and moments.