Palm Tree Reflections

Neil Murison RWA Hon – Oils and Acrylics

Neil Murison was a student at the West of England College of Art. He taught at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and the Blue Coat School in Bristol and then became a lecturer at the West of England College of Art retiring in 1987 as Head of Foundation Studies at Bower Ashton which was then part of Bristol Polytechnic.

He has been a full Member of the Royal West of England Academy of Art since 1979 and was Director of The New Gallery at The Academy from 2003-09. He was made an Honorary Member in 2000.

He has exhibited extensively and has had over forty solo shows since 1963 and has exhibits in many private collections throughout the world including Oxford University, The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, Bath University, Nuffield Trust, Bank of America in London and Amsterdam and other notable corporate institutions.

Artist’s Statement

Murison’s work reflects his many interests, enthusiasms and responses to different experiences. Whatever the subject, he is constantly exploring its essential structure and ideas related to light and space.

Murison achieved recognition at the start of his career in the 60’s with a series of large abstract and coastline paintings which examined ideas of natural forces at work in the landscape, particularly how the elements of wind, water, frost and fire form and shape the coastline through the process of erosion and he has pursued this theme consistently over the years.

Murison is a prolific artist who continually experiments with concepts and techniques. His extensive travels abroad have revealed a passion for the rainforest and involved him in a long-standing love affair with palm trees.

After growing up and living in the city of Bristol for most of his life, he moved to the village of Wick in South Gloucestershire in 2005 which  has awakened a new excitement for the native woodlands and wildlife of our glorious English countryside.

He has become entranced by how the constantly changing light conditions throughout the day and the dramatic changes of the seasons present endless opportunities to capture the magic of nature while seeking always to demonstrate the inner structure and life-force in all his source material.