Neil McBride was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire UK. He graduated from Doncaster College of Art with distinction in Applied Arts at Advanced Level. McBride works solely in the medium of painting.
During his award winning career in advertising and graphic design McBride also picked up a Clio nomination for his work on the ‘People Campaign’ for The Halifax bank. This work served to later inform his latest body of contemporary artworks featuring crowds of people.
A diverse range of influences include abstract expressionists like Franz Kline and Pollock. Figurative painters like Francis Bacon and Turner and colourists like Howard Hodgkin and Monet. The list of influences is endless.
McBride continues to develop his paintings featuring crowds of people in life affirming situations which allow him to continually cross over from figuration to semi abstraction; mono to colour; and back again without any loss of spontaneity and continuity. In fact, this body of figurative work started life as abstract paintings which is an unusual direction for an artist to take.
Many traditional painting techniques and methods are employed but the paintings often begin without any pre-conceived idea of an event or narrative, much like the way many writers allow a novel to evolve on the fly. This helps to maintain a level of intrigue and excitement with every piece.
McBride’s crowds are designed to act as triggers to the viewer’s own imagination, often resulting in lively discussions about the narrative content and events portrayed in the paintings.