Alice Neave works predominantly with raw calico & canvas, raw pigment, thread, and an assortment of other mediums. Neave washes the material over & over, builds on it, then hand- stitches pieces together to create a painting in which process and materiality is at the heart of the work. Neave uses these seasoned surfaces along with gesture, and texture to explore personal themes and motifs whilst bringing to the forefront a strong material image that leaves the viewer with a huge amount of ambiguity.
Themes deriving from the natural world, grief, and fertility have dominated her work in recent years. Like most artists, Neave is very affected by her environment and these ruminations on grief, especially, have led to a preoccupation with place and limbo; a depiction of an environment that one recognises but cannot name. Neave sees painting as a language to get to the crux of the matter, communicating common human emotion & sentiments, whilst simultaneously managing to subvert the obvious.
Alice Neave was born & educated in the UK, completing a BA in Fine Art from the university of Leeds in 2010. After graduating Neave worked in many other industries, then, in 2016 she started painting seriously again. Since then she has exhibited consistently including a solo show at Public Gallery in London in 2018. Having spent a lot of time living & painting in the Poitou Charente region of France, she now works from her studio in South East London on the Thames and completed the Turps Banana correspondence course in 2021 (source: Actoneart)