Donegal based artist Neil-Jack was born in County Down and comes from a family of artists.
Neil-Jack believes his goal is to give the viewer a glimpse into a life. By spending time with his subjects before painting them, he gets a strong sense of their energy, which then helps him to capture their essence. By capturing their essence, he frames a narrative. What that narrative is, Neil believes, is the mystery to be uncovered.
In terms of subjects, everyday people are Neil-Jack’s biggest inspiration. “Within every person is a full life: we love, we feel joy, we work, we feel pain. My role as a painter is to document part of a person’s life.”
To unlock the mystery, Neil-Jack works almost journalistically. He leans towards psychology, finding an inner narrative, something that is deeply meaningful to the person, such as a recurring dream or obsession – two of the many narratives people hold within.
After graduating in Fine Art from the University of Ulster and having his work exhibited in numerous local exhibitions, Neil-Jack moved to Spain where he became involved in live performance drawing. In 2018, Neil-Jack moved back to Ireland and began to specialise in oil portraiture. He is regularly commissioned for portraits and also teaches life drawing in Donegal.
This artist isn’t selling any artworks currently, but you may be able to commission them instead.