I am primarily interested in the importance of play within the act of making and engaging with art.
My work brings together in small still life paintings, a cast of objects that have both an autobiographical and collective resonance.
I am attracted by an object’s ability or attempts to successfully and unsuccessfully represent or ape something from the real world. This leads me to seek-out and both the mass-produced and the handmade, the unsophisticated and the seemingly faithful replica.
Much of what is depicted has already been processed, simplified and distilled in both form and colour by machine or by hand. In some works, disparate objects are brought together like props to construct new, ‘jerry-built’ versions of other objects or spaces – a jukebox, a temple, a jetty.
Although conservatively still life in conception and resolutely studio-based, the choice of subject matter and neutral stage-like setting allows allusion to external spaces where other illusory, fictional or escapist experiences occur – the fairground, the playground, the world of the scaled down model.
Sending these objects through the painting process, allows an investigation into their success or failures, elevates and exalts them, and lends them an air of uncertainty or ‘other worldliness’.
These intimate paintings aim to straddle the line between fact and fiction and draw parallels with other types of play or re-creation. They also aim to celebrate the objects they depict and champion the underdog of painting genres in an age of multiple virtual realities.
Neill Fuller is a painter who lives and works in Somerset. He was born in Essex and studied Fine Art in Bath 1991-93.
Recent exhibitions include, The Open West 2014, The Zeitgeist Arts Open, London; ‘The Hot-One-Hundred’, Schwartz Gallery, London; ‘Now Wakes The Sea’, Kinsale, Co. Cork, and a solo show at the Parlour Showrooms, Bristol. He was awarded The 2013 Blackswan Arts Prize.