John Neville

John Neville, 'Lots of Fish'

John Neville, Lots of Fish, oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″; signed lower right.

Bright graphic designs, a touch of humor, these mark John Neville’s oils of life fifty years ago in a Nova Scotia fishing village. He was born in 1952 and grew up in Hall’s Harbor on the Bay of Fundy. As a boy he shared fishing and boat building with his father and uncles. Scenes of life on water and land, the tales and myths often told, make up the subject matter of his work.

With humor and occasionally sarcasm, he paints the scenes. There is no nostalgia in these images. The men work; there is little remuneration. Stylized waves pitch the dories about as the men row on thwarts over their loads of fish. Neville learned to build these boats. The red dory is the icon of his artistic vision.

John Neville, 'Boater’s Paradise'

John Neville, Boater’s Paradise, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″, signed lower right.

Neville earned a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, and a second degree from Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaire in Geneva, Switzerland. Among other venues, he has had one man shows at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, and the University of New Brunswick.

John Neville, 'Fishing in the Fog'

John Neville, Fishing in the Fog, oil on canvas, 22″ x 28″, signed lower right.

Neville’s group exhibitions include galleries on North Uist, Isle of Lewis, and Isle of Mull. Also the ACA Gallery in New York, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia, among many others.

John Neville now lives in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

John Neville, 'Hauling Out'

John Neville, Hauling Out, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″, signed lower right.