Adam Neate (b.1977) is a British conceptual artist known for his multi-dimensional collages and a very unique use of perspective and mark-marking. Influenced by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Carl Jung and Alan Watts, Neate’s practice mixes constructivism, street-art and a very personal approach to figurative art.
Neate studied graphic design while teaching himself how to paint and sculpt. He became known for leaving art on the streets for people to collect: “I started leaving my paintings on the streets of Ipswich around 1997. I then moved to London and left over 5,000 paintings on the streets up until 2006. The same year I quit my day job and stopped the ‘street art’ and started exploring paint in a different way. In 2008 I started painting in Dimensionalism – which I continue to explore to this day.”
Neate’s use of a varied array of materials and skilled juxtaposition of layers often give his figurative pieces a multi-dimensional quality which can change from the viewer’s viewpoint. In 2012, art historian Ben Jones wrote: “To get the full multi-dimensional effect, the viewer is asked to activate their own viewing space… as you move and change vantage point, negative space is held in balance, unleashed, then restrained again. The image resolves itself.”
Neate’s pieces feature in collections all over the world, most notably in the USA, China and East Asia.
Neate currently lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.