Faulkner, Neil (1952-)
Neil Faulkner was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1952 and was seen to have a natural talent for drawing from an early age. Recognising this, his father removed him from his local high school and took him to Burslem School of Art, a school that had fostered many fine artists. From there he went to Stoke Art College where he completed his diploma.
His early career was spent with Wedgwood in the Design Studio. Then in 1976 he moved to the Royal Doulon company where he was responsible for very many designs and Royal Commerative works.
During his time working in industry he became a member of the Society of Staffordshire Artists.
Now an independant full-time proffesional painter, Neil works in both oils and watercolour. He likes to paint a variety of subjects where the light has a strong role in the composition and colour. Texture and mood reflect his observations.
In 1982 Faulkner became a member of the Society of Staffordshire Artists. In 2015 he was elected an Associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Subjects from allotment sheds to beautiful vistas of Venice, France and Spain have been within his compass. Earlier influences have included John Singer Sargent, Stanley Spencer and Sir William Russell-Flint. The work of Andrew Wyeth (RA Exhibition in 1980) inspired Neil to push his own boundaries and to continue to develop his work