Liz Neal

1978 Born Powys Wales

Lives and works in London

1999 – 2001 Royal Collage of Art London
1997 – 1999 Middlesex University London
1990 - 1991 Chelsea College of Art

Liz Neal was born in the Cain Valley, North Wales. Moving to London in 1990 she studied at Chelsea, Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art, Graduating with a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Printmaking. She currently lives and works in East London.

Neal has a provocative practice, which often confronts pornographic imagery, she constructs paintings, embroideries, hand crafted objects, sculptures and installations which reference sexual, consumer and fantasy imagery. In her work she uses subject matter to flag up a putative malevolence and banality in consumerism and the advertising-saturated media. Her sculptural objects juxtapose low grade, disposable sensibilities with an attention to the handmade and crafted opulent objects of a bygone age.

She came to notoriety for exhibiting a whole room of sexual painting and collages in 'Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People' (2001), curated by Martin Maloney for the Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London. Neal's explosive canvases were punk inspired odes to subjects - prostitutes advertising cards and banner slogans shouting for attention in paintings that are intelligent and compelling.


Whilst living in North London, Liz Neal used the front room of her flat as her studio – and quite literally, painted herself in. Every inch of wall space, including the ceiling was covered with unstretched painted canvas, stitched together and then stapled to the walls. Material draped onto the floor, paintings leant against walls, and sculptures were worked upon in remaining spaces. Walking into her flat was like entering an Aladdin’s cave of porn magazines, fake jewellery, emptied tubes of oil paint, and spectacular visual decadence. Yet this was an Aladdin’s cave with a particularly English domestic feel – an opening in the installation through patio windows provided a view onto a 70s council estate in Archway and in the romantic distance Highgate.
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