Neil Douglas was born in Bristol in 1978. He graduated from Wolverhampton University in 2000 with a BA (Honours) in Painting. Since leaving University, he has exhibited his work in both the U.K. and the U.S.A.
Throughout his childhood, Douglas experiences the landscapes of America only through indirect mediums such as photography, television and film. He was fascinated by the iconic and absorbing images of Hollywood films and brand advertising. The paintings in this exhibition portray this idolised vision of America void of political or social connotations. They are escapist yet realistic representations of everyday life expertly captured in the photorealism style.
When viewing Douglas’ work, one can clearly recognise the influence of certain pioneers of photorealism, such as Richard Estes, Ralph Goings and John Salt. Douglas shares their ability to painstakingly recreate the complex visual details of American life, be it in the reflection of cafeteria window,, the sheen on a car bonnet or the neon billboard sign which hangs over music hall. His meticulous renderings of the Manhattan skyline are perfect demonstrations of this skill and craftsmanship he possesses as a painter.