Neil Wood has been a practicing professional sculpture and fine artist for three decades. He has many years of experience teaching and lecturing in fine art and sculpture at institutions in the UK. He has worked in various settings; in education, as an artist in residence and visiting lecturer, alongside his practice producing sculptures for exhibitions and commissions.
He employs a Modernist methodology to explore the human condition in the 21st century. He continues to use the figure as a vehicle to explore formal material qualities and visual language as a means of expressing, often complex ideas, about the world we inhabit and the nature of human experience and relationships. Neil comments, “My figures are captured and constrained within sculptural forms that attempt to express both the elegance and an awkward discomfort of the human condition.”
He sees his practice as two distinct strands; public commissions and gallery artworks. Commissions provide opportunities to work on a large-scale requiring understanding of sculpture in specific contexts and an engagement with community and stakeholders. Sculpture for a gallery setting represents a more direct creative output, where the work develops, free from the constraints of a commission brief. The work evolves through experimentation with materials and processes.