Neil McBride was born in Doncaster, UK in 1950. He graduated from Doncaster College of Art with distinction in Applied Art at Advanced Level, in 1970. McBride works solely in the medium of painting.
During his 40 year, 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 which still runs in a modified form today. This work served to later inform his latest body of contemporary artworks.
Since the start of McBride’s contemporary art career in 2010 he has exhibited in commercial galleries throughout Yorkshire.
He was the inaugural artist to show solo at the new Inspired By gallery in Danby, North Yorkshire and has enjoyed particular success in benefit shows in aid of numerous charities including; York Against Cancer at Castle Howard; The Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral where he was the best selling artist 2014; Art for Youth North at Queen Mary’s school near Thirsk and The Leeds Open Exhibition, in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice, where he was voted Best Artist in Show by the public. McBride is also a participant in the North Yorkshire Open Studios again this year.
McBride lives and works from his home studio near York, UK.
Due to his background in commercial art McBride’s initial paintings were overtly commercial in style and subject which has given way to a desire to produce incisive paintings of greater integrity, imagination and creativity without a reliance on photographic reference material.
A huge 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..
McBride continues to develop his paintings featuring crowds of people in landscapes 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.
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.
In 2015 McBride is continuing to consolidate his participation benefit shows and broaden his horizons into new markets starting with the Reading Contemporary Art Show in April.