Neil Pinkett was born in St Just-in-Penwith in 1958 and spent his childhood in West Cornwall.
After a successful career as an illustrator spanning twenty years, Neil decided to dedicate himself to painting full-time in the mid-1990s. An acclaimed solo-show followed almost immediately and since that point Neil has built a reputation as one of the foremost landscape paint...ers in the county.
The subject of Neil's work is most often the Great British landscape and coast, seeking to capture the ever-changing effects of light and weather on the sea and the land. He does much of his painting on location, occasionally from his canoe using a specially adapted easel and accompanied by his dog Beavis.
Hailing from Cornwall, his exposure to the dramatic landscape there inspired him to paint and he spent a great deal of time painting in and around Newlyn having become increasingly engaged with the working life of the people who live and work in this famous fishing port.
However, Neil also enjoys making trips around the country, finding new vistas to explore and challenging himself to create new series. In 2006 for example he completed a 1000 mile cycle journey from Cape Wrath in Scotland to Cape Cornwall. Cycling through Scotland, North West England and Wales the physically demanding trip saw Neil produce a prolific amount of watercolours and sketches along the way of sweeping valleys, mountains, land and seascapes.
Recent projects have included a series of paintings of bridges from around the UK and another on the Scillonian ferry that operates out of Penzance harbour. Today Neil splits his time between Bath and Cornwall, spending the summer months living in his studio in Marazion, overlooking St Michael's Mount.
Neil works predominantly in oil paints, texture and over-painting being used to create impressions of atmosphere and light.
"I work with a knife as I want to express as forcefully as I can the forces of nature, the ever-changing elements, cloud formations, piercing blue skies over acres of red bracken, the raw beauty of the landscape. The natural progression towards paintings on a greater scale is leading to an exploration of larger landscapes further afield."
Neil's work has been shown throughout the UK including London, Oxford, Devon and regularly in solo exhibitions in Cornwall. His work has also been toured in America.