"I paint with all that I am----that somehow the best of my strenghths will become visable to those who stand in front of my art -- so they, too, can feel in their soul, the beauty and greatness of this life." Irene Neal
After graduating from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1958 she married Paul Neal and for the next 16 years lived, worked and studied in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal, and Argentina. Currently Irene and her husband enjoy living in the waterfront community of Merritt Island, Florida where her studio is located.
The subject matter of my painting is freedom....allowing the beautiful colors of the acrylics and inks, often combined with acrylic gel, to give a natural vitality and flowing feeling of joyful discovery....
For my works on paper I combine acrylics and inks, and work on a table top height....the inks have a marvelous range of saturated colors to choose from...and the swiftness of drying adds to the excitement of unexpected accidents and surprises to happen...it is a joyful experience....
Donald Kuspit has written of my work, " Clement Greenberg (who actually critiqued my work at Anthony Caro's Triangle workshop back in 1985) would probably classify Neal's work with that of Van Gogh and Soutine."
"She works in a tradition of large size freeform abstraction, originating with Jackson Pollock, the Abstract Expressionists, and the Color Field Painters. She reinterprets this tradition by means of a new, state -of the-art, acrylic paints and gels, which have undergone an extraordinary development in recent years. In these free form abstract paintings, Irene Neal aspires to the brillant accident, the miraculous frozen moment in the flow of paint. Working experimentally with new materials, she has had to improvise fer own unique "craft:" ways of organizing herself to paint; mixing and applying colors so as to keep them clear and vibrant....whether on canvas, wood, plastic or paper, Neal shows herself to be a master painter."
Moffett, Irene Neal catalog, 2001
"Irene Neal favors amorphous formats that resemble liquid drops, often creating a sheen like that of semi-precious stones..."
William Zimmer, New York Times, 1996
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