Richard Macneil | Mail Order Art
Richard MacNeil is British but his artistic life has taken him around the globe. Born in Worcester, Richard began his artistic career at the Royal Worcester porcelain company, where he gained his knowledge of graphics and ceramics. Richard has the distinction of having his artwork displayed at the Oval Office in the White House. His subjects take the viewer from Venice, Italy to Brooklyn, New York from rain-soaked streets to intimate café bars, and his level of style and skill belie the fact that Richard is a self-taught artist. Now living back in the UK, Richard creates new material from his family-run home studio.
Simple palettes define the work
The first thing that strikes the viewer when looking at Richard MacNeil’s work is his clever use of colour. A bold simple palette of reds and blacks leap out of the canvas against greyscale backgrounds in his portraiture, drawing the eye to the movement and emotion of the figures. When the subject matter switches to street scenes and iconic architecture, Richard is able to convey real depth but without over complicating his palette. Richard’s use of light is integral to his compositions. The reflections in the wet pavements of Paris, Venice and New York are rich and detailed, and the flickering street lamps omit a very real glow. Seasonality and time of day are also beautifully defined in these scenes, as with the sun blinking behind the Eiffel Tower or the autumnal hues of Manhattan, New York.
Richard MacNeil’s series of vignettes whisk the viewer away to the café lifestyle of the Mediterranean and the smoke filled bars of the 40s and 50s in the US. Taking a step back from street scenes and views of iconic buildings; The Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower, it is possible to be transported to that place. MacNeil uses a cast of characters in his compositions, which define his style, but also bring a human edge to his work. The red umbrella is a common theme, whether it takes centre stage in Under The Umbrella to a splash of colour in Brooklyn View. Richard’s use of fashion on his figures establishes a sense of modernity or of nostalgia.
Appealing to a wide range of art lovers and indeed, those who appreciate iconic architecture and the style and sophistication of both a by-gone era and the most romantic cities in the world, Richard MacNeil’s artwork is available at prices to suit most budgets and in a variety of formats and sizes and would grace both urban and suburban settings.