Brendan Neiland was ‘The Keeper’ of The Royal Academy Schools for two years and enjoys success as a painter and printmaker. His subject is the cityscape: An environment Neiland feels is rich in potentiality and yet often neglected. Neiland's paintings are both figurative and relate to the city they are abstract in their structure, reflection of light and modulated colour. Brendan sites the work of Fernand Leger who was the first artist to use the awkward contemporary environment as a key to inspiration.
During his extensive travels around Europe Brendan has studied closely the interiors of Vermeer in Amsterdam the extravagance of Gaudi in Barcelona as well as the black intensity of Goya in Madrid. These influences together with a preoccupation for the industrial aspects of Britain help Brendan in encouraging people to reappraise their environments and to feel a greater sense of involvement in them.
Technique is fundamental to Brendan's work to ensure a fusion of method and imagery. His research leads him to a series drawings and photographs that formulate and define the imagery. The drawings then become the templates or masks through which the paintings are sprayed. In this way Brendan builds layers of glazing on an uninterrupted surface, save for changes in hue tone and structure.