The Spirit of Belvoir
Findlay Galleries is pleased to present The Spirit of Belvoir by contemporary British Impressionist Charles Neal at Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach. This exhibition of commissioned paintings reveals the profound beauty of Belvoir’s gardens and the long history embedded in the Castle’s regal interiors. Charles Neal once again impresses with his ability to synthesize history and nature.
“Throughout the painting process for this collection, I have applied the appropriate visual language, with the desire to have a contemporary approach whilst simultaneously creating a visual poetry sympathetic to Belvoir’s history and ambience.” – Charles Neal.
Findlay Galleries and Charles Neal also proudly support the American Friends of Belvoir Castle Foundation, a US non-profit organization established by and for Americans with the mission to educate through the conservation, restoration, and management of the Belvoir Estate’s historic buildings, landscapes, and art collections.
“Once again, Neal’s role as an accomplished historical researcher of Great Britain’s major Manors, Palaces, and now Castle proudly places him as one of the most important Impressionist painters of the 20th Century…Charles’ devotion to the honest details of this commission allowed him to uniquely create compositions that are collaborations between actuality and alter-realism.” – James R. Borynack, CEO & Chairman, Findlay Galleries.
View the digital catalogue for in-depth accounts of the Castle’s history and studies of Charles Neal’s paintings of Belvoir Castle.
Digital Catalogue – www.findlaygalleries.com/spiritofbelvoir-catalogue
American Friends of Belvoir Castle – www.americanfriendsofbelvoircastle.com
Charles Neal was born in Surrey in 1951. At 14, he began his formal study of art under the guidance of Malcolm Domingo and Frances Lane-Mason. The following ten years of Neal’s life were spent with these two artists, but at 24, Neal decided to pursue his style and technique.
A few years later, Neal moved to the Cotswolds, where he immersed himself in nature. Thus, the flora and fauna around him would inspire his signature style. Neal is constantly thinking about the effects of time and the ever-changing nature of the world around us. Desiring to capture these specific moments in time, Neal began to paint seascapes and landscapes as a way to record the countryside and coastline before they changed beyond recognition. Seasonal change and the combinations of light and atmospheric effects at various times of the day all intrigued the young painter, challenging him to find innovative ways to portray the impact of time upon nature. The result is a style that blends realism and impressionism, closely focusing on light and shadow while utilizing precise subtleties in color.
As Neal’s confidence in his artistic style grew, so did his recognition in the art world. His work was sought after by collectors worldwide and has now been exhibited in galleries in New York, London, and Palm Beach. In 1994, when the Museum of Garden History hosted a show on Neal’s work, the Prince of Wales came to open the exhibition. Following this, Neal created a series of paintings of the English coastal landscape, displayed in an exhibition organized in conjunction with the National Trust as a part of a campaign to preserve the English coastline.
Following his success as a contemporary Impressionist, Neal was granted access to some of Europe’s finest estates and castles, providing him with the unique opportunity to paint some of the most private and elegant inner sanctums of European history, including the legendary gardens and landscapes surrounding them.