In my view painting now operates within an expanded field of pluralist activity. An activity, outside stylistic progression, into which any number of ideas, mediums, moods, explorations or traditions can enter, remain or exit. The painting’s planar surface acting as a record of anything from grand schemes to diary-like entries. My recent research considers aspects of abstraction and how it can operate as a Rorschach or gestalt. The paintings find their source in a blend of: personal experience and memory; photographs, literary allusions, text, cinema, existing painting histories and cultural histories in combination with, an open-ended exploration of process and materials. Through colour, form and applied processes the figurative or literal may be reduced, compressed, extended or suppressed to impart a mix of migrating forms and collapsed histories. Overall, the work embraces shifting points of departure, methodologies, styles and modes of expression guided by personal reflexivity. Given its long and complex history major changes or radical shifts within painting today are limited and subtle. As Picasso once noted “No artist ever invented a new shape”. Innovation is largely reliant on the individual quirks of the practitioner. With this in mind my research seeks to evoke an associative and empathetic response in the viewer while referencing a wider cultural context.
- Neate R. (2019) Group Exhibition: Robin Neate, Sam Mitchell, Martin Popperwell. exhibiting artist: Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland. 24 Jul 2109-17 Aug 2019. [3 x paintings, oil and wax on canvas, 4 x paintings 500 x 400, oil on canvas].
- Neate R. (2018) Summer: Group exhibition: Liyen Chong, Emma Fitts Gavin Hurley Robin Neate et al. Contributing artist: Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland. 5 Dec 2018-22 Feb 2019. [Two paintings 500 x 400 mm oil on canvas, Here, Once].
- Neate RD. (2018) Untitled. Painter: Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland. 15 Aug-8 Sep 2018. [Ten Paintings: Oil on canvas, 500 x 400 mm].
- Neate R. (2017) Your Hotel Brain, May 13th - 8th July 2017, Christchurch Art Gallery. Contributing Artist: Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch. 13 May-8 Jul 2017. [Painting (In a Lonely Place) (NRO1, ORO1) included in major new exhibition of contemporary works from the Christchurch Art Gallery collection. Your Hotel Brain focuses on the cohort of New Zealand artists who came to national – and in some cases inte].
- Neate RD. (2017) Back to Front. Artist: Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington. 18 Oct-18 Nov 2017. [Painting from The Nature of Things series, 400 x 300 mm, oil on canvas board. Exhibited alongside national and international artists including – Anouska Akel, Billy Apple, Don Driver, Ronnie van Hout, Saskia Leek, Mikala Dwyer, Andrew Beck, Diana Ge].