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Neill Wright

In 2007 Neill graduated, with distinction to the degree, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Honours), at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, majoring in new media. His production then, looked particularly at the social products of contemporary society from a global as well as South African perspective. This exploration was taken further and similar themes were covered as part of his overall body of work required for obtaining the degree, Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, which he graduated with in 2009, majoring in printmaking.

Working in a number of different mediums such as, drawing, print, painting and sculpture, Neill continues to draw inspiration from the media, society and politics, attempting to create a panoramic view of all the issues, difficulties and paradoxes which are embedded in global and more specifically, South African society. His interpretations often have a somewhat comic/tragic twist to them which is the artists attempt to create an uncomfortable space in which we, as observers, are caught between being saddened and amused.

Since completing his education Neill has been extremely prolific, participating in a number of group exhibitions at Salon91 and Lovell Gallery in Cape Town, and at In Toto Gallery in Johannesburg. Major solo exhibitions to date include The Hilarity of Reality, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, June 2013; Spectacular but Empty, The Lovell Gallery, Cape Town, November 2012; and Protect Your Roots, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town, February 2011. Neill was included in the Johannesburg Art Fair, South Africa, during 2012 and participated in the Cape Town Art Fair, the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, the Johannesburg Art Fair, the Turbine Hall Art Fair (Johannesburg), as well as the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa during 2013. His works are housed in private collections in Europe, the United States, Australia and South Africa. The artist is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.