Brian Neish is fascinated by painted surfaces, particularly surfaces having to endure the extremes of sunlight, wind, frost and rain. He calls the appearance of these debilitating effects ‘Noble Decay’ to suggest a sense of them displaying increasingly unique visual qualities over extended periods of time.
Initial ideas usually develop out of the close study of old shutters, doors and panels, especially in ancient hilltop towns in Italy and France. His work does not refer directly to original architectural features, rather it processes compositional ideas gleaned from them, and attempts to express something of their essential nature