1821 Gallery & Studios will be exhibiting the work of Neal Breton, June 21 – July 28, 2017. Neal Breton, a New Hampshire native, currently residing in San Luis Obispo, has been professionally painting for 20 years. His bold color selection and creative interpretation of familiar subjects are unique and brilliant. Neal’s artist statement speaks volumes about him; one time in kindergarten I was assigned crayons and a piece of cardboard, “draw something and we will cut it out for you”. Others made jets, fire trucks and racecars. I made an abstract construct with asymmetrical lines jutting down out of sequential blocks of color. “What am I supposed to cut out?” the teacher said. I didn’t know. This was my first lesson in the practical side of art.
In the fourth grade, for Halloween, the class was to make black cats out of construction paper and glue. We were to follow a pattern. I noticed upon the day they were put the work up that my cat was not included. “Look at your cat, it is poorly cut, and you can see al the glue”, my teacher said, “that’s why I didn’t put it up with all the others”. This was my first lesson is craftsmanship.
In college, my professor chose my first series of work in the display case outside the art department. “Oh, how horrible!” exclaimed and older woman, passing by. This was my first lesson in art appreciation.
Neal Breton will be showing June 21- July 28. Art Hop will be July 6th, 5-8, and Neal will be in house to answer you questions.