Presentation

A constant in Rock?s work over the past fourteen years has been his use of silicone as a paint material, in a practice that the artist insists be viewed primarily through a lens of painting and its histories. Yet since relocating from London in 2007, Rock?s work has been significantly transformed through an engagement with a particular type of classical sculpture: the herm. Rock addresses the herm as a cultural, spatial, apotropaic object that simultaneously entertains adornment, translation and masking. In his working processes, Rock uses skins of silicone and screenprinted images, alongside found, manipulated and fabricated objects, all of which are composed together in the gallery space, as a negotiation from the studio. Rock continues to maintain and deepen his interest in the complexity of surface in painting, of shifting oscillations between opacity and transparency. An address to the body as queered, made-up, defaced, contorted, atrophied and decaying is conveyed ? via the herm ? through an idea of the prosthetic and the mask. These qualities and interests are not so much directly implicit as indirect, fetishized and displaced between relations of objects, surfaces and images.

Biography

Born in 1976. Wales, UK
Lives & works in London & Los Angeles



Education

2010 - 15  
PhD.  Painting by Project. Royal College of Art. London

1999 - 00 
M.A. Fine Art. Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design. London

1996 - 99 
BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting. University of Gloucestershire. UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015    
La Galerie Particulière. Paris

2014    
Loudhailer. Los Angeles

2012    
Kunstverein Heppenheim. Germany

2010    
Mihai Nicodim Gallery. Los Angeles

2009    
The New Art Gallery Walsall. UK (Cat)

2006    
Torch Gallery. Amsterdam
Grand Arts. Kansas City, Missouri (Cat)
fa projects. London

2005    
Kontainer Gallery. Los Angeles

2004    
Henry Urbach Architecture. New York

2003    
fa projects. London (Cat)

2014    
John Moores Painting Prize 2014. Walker Art Gallery. Liverpool UK
Herm# 0714. Post Gallery. Los Angeles
(Detail). H-Space Bankok. Thailand. Transition Gallery. London. Curated by Andrew Bracey
Tender Buttons. RCA Hockney Gallery. London. Curated with David Cyrus Smith
Fleursdumal. Lion & Lamb Gallery & Charlie Smith Gallery London - Curated by Dolly Thompsett
Greece. LBCC Gallery. Long Beach, Ca. Curated by Habib Kheradyar

2013    
Beautiful Objects. A & D Projects. Liverpool, UK
Terminus. With Jack Brindley. RCA Hockney Gallery. London
Slow is Smooth is Fast. Boetzelaer Nispen Gallery. Amsterdam
London Art Projects. Edel Assanti Gallery. London

2012
Happening. LACE gallery. Los Angeles
Philipp Haager & Neal Rock. Stzrelski Gallery. Stuttgart, Germany
The Man Don?t Give a Fuck. Curated by Mermaid & Monster.
Motorcade / Flash Parade. Bristol, UK

2011    
RCA Interim Show. Royal College of Art. London
By Chromed Hooves It Travels Now. Annie Wharton Art & Video. Los Angeles
Synthetic Real. Edel Assanti Gallery. London

2010    
Desire is a Golden Carrot. The Albion. London
The Manchester Contemporary. Mermaid & Monster. Manchester UK
A Harmonious Mix of Objects. Mihai Nicodim Gallery. Los Angeles
07/05/10. Post Gallery. Los Angeles

2009    
I?ve Watered a Horseshoe As If Were A Flower. Mihai Nicodim Gallery. Los Angeles
Art LA International Art Fair. Mihai Nicodim Gallery. Los Angeles
Seduction of Blossom. Long Beach City College Art Gallery. Long Beach California

2008    
Mermaid & Monster. Contemporary Art Society. London
Open Space. Art Cologne. Curated by Dan Hug. Kontainer Gallery. Cologne
Dream(Land). Jail Gallery. Los Angeles

2007    
The Lucifer Effect. Curated by Gordon Cheung. Gallery Primo Alonso. London
Get It Louder. Curated by Newbetter & the British Council
Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing. China (Cat)
Jerwood Contemporary Painters. Jerwood Space London &
Bay arts Cardiff, The Lowry Manchester (cat)
Near Dark. (Curated) Donna Beam Gallery. Las Vegas, Nevada
 
2006    
Can Buildings Curate. Galerie Lucy Mackintosh. Switzerland
Landscape Confection. Orange County Museum of Art. California
Dubai. Kontainer Gallery. Los Angeles
Gastrophoria. Pump House Gallery London. Curated by Andreas Leventis

2005    
Flourish. Moravia Gallery. Brno, Czech Republic (cat)
Art Basel Miami. Henry Urbach Architecture. Miami, Florida
Landscape Confection. Museum of Contemporary Art Houston & Wexner Center Columbus, Ohio (cat)
Extreme Abstraction. Albright Knox. Buffalo NY (cat)
Can Buildings Curate. Architectural Association London & Store Front New York
Rudiments of Ornamental Composition. LOT. Bristol
Group Show. Rodolphe Janssen Gallery. Brussels
Armory Show. Henry Urbach Architecture. New York
Air Borne. Henry Urbach Architecture. New York
The Nature of Things. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Birmingham (cat)

2004    
Paradisiaco. DomoBaal. London
Art Basel Miami. Henry Urbach Architecture. Miami, Florida
Expander. Royal Academy of Arts. London (cat)
Live Forever or Die Trying. Curated by Twan Janssen. Torch gallery. Amsterdam
Pleasure Garden. Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery. Nottingham
Tonight. Studio Voltaire. London
Cinderella. Tower Bridge Business Complex. London
Collezione1. Isabella Brancolini Contemporary - Curated by Stephen Hepworth. Florence. Italy
?but not as we know it. Co curated with Deirdre King. Kontainer. Los Angeles
Eyeful. Millais Gallery. Southampton
One Day. Corridor Gallery. Reykjavik. Iceland

2003    
Painting Practices. (curated) 77 gallery. London
Temporary Fiction. (curated) Transition gallery. London
?but not as we know it. (curated with Deirdre King). APT  London
Physical World. APT  London
Growth Company. With Hillary Bleecker. Kontainer Gallery. Los Angeles

2002    
Painting Class. Lethaby Gallery. London
sland. 77 gallery. London
     
2001    
Schism. Pelican House. London
 
2000    
Young Wales V. Royal Cambrian Academy. North Wales



Awards & Residencies

2014    
John Moors Painting Prize 2014 (exhibition long list). Walker Art Gallery. Liverpool UK

2007    
Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2007. Jerwood Space. London  UK
Artist in residence. University of Nevada Las Vegas. USA

2004    
British Council Award to Artists
Wales Art International Grant

2001    
Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, Fellowship. Virginia USA

1998    
Erasmus Scholarship. Ecole de Beaux Arts de Lyon. France



Collections

Private & corporate collections in Europe and USA including:
Beth Rudin DeWoody collection  /  USA
Peter Norton Foundation  /  USA
Zabludowicz Collection  /  UK
Neuberger Berman  /  USA
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation  /  Netherlands

 

 
Bibliography

2012    
Synthetic Real @ Edel Assanti Gallery, London. Art Review. Issue 57,
March 2012. By J.J. Charlesworth

2009    
What, The Devil? District Magazine Long Beach. Wed Feb 18th. By Theo Douglas

2008    
Seeking Solace in Another World. LA Times. May 27th. By Jessica Porter

2007    
Darkness on the Edge of Town. Las Vegas City Life. 25th Jan. By Jarret Keene

2006    
Architectural Splatter Art Review. May Issue. By Payam Sharifi

2005    
The Rudiments of Ornamental Composition. Art Monthly Issue 286 2005 By Sarah James
Can Buildings Curate. Art Review. April Issue 2005. By Jay Merrick
Landscape Confection. Columbus Dispatch. Feb 6th. By Christopher Yates
Candy-Land. American Vogue March 2005. By Nico Israel
Neal Rock at Kontainer Gallery. LA Times 19th March 2005. By Holly Myers

2004    
Neal Rock. Gulliver Magazine. May Issue
Rock Garden Tank Magazine. Spring Issue
Neal Rock & Erik Schmid At Henry Urbach Architecture. New York Times.  April 19th
Work From the Polari Range. A-N Magazine. Feb issue. By John Deller
Living off The Wall .Independent Education Supplement. Jan issue. By Catherine Nixey
Neal Rock at fa projects.The Independent. 13th Jan. By Sue Hubbard

2003
Work From the Polari Range. Modern Painters 12th November
Neal Rock. Work From the Polari Range. Guardian Guide. 29th November



Visiting Artist & Professor at the following Universities & Institutions

2015
Central Saint Martins School of Art & design
Visiting Professor. BA Fine Art
University of Lincoln. UK
Artist lecture and Visiitng Professor. BA Fine Art

2014
Glasgow School of Art. Scotland. UK
Artist Lecture & Visiting Professor. BA & MA Fine Art
City & Guilds School of Art. London
Visiting Professor. BFA & MFA Fine Art
Neath Port Talbot College. Wales UK
Artist Lecture. Foundation Art & Design

2013
University of Wolverhampton.Wolverhampton. UK
Artist Lecture & Visiting Professor. BA Fine Art

2011
University of Southern California. Los Angeles. USA
Mid-Term & End-Term panel review
Undergraduate Architecture
Wimbledon School of Art & Design. London
Artist Lecture. BA Fine Art Painting

2010
Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design. London
Visiting Professor. MA Fine Art
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design.  Birmingham UK
Visiting Professor. BA Fine Art

2009
University of Wolverhampton.  Wolverhampton UK
Visiting Artist Lecture: Painting as a Material Practice. Symposium

2007
University of London Goldsmiths. London
Visiting Professor. MFA Fine Art
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). USA
Artist / Lecturer in Residence
ART 498 Seminar in Visual Art. BFA intermediate/advanced
ART 700 Advanced Studio Practice. MFA Fine Art

2006
University of Gloucestershire. Cheltenham UK
Visiting Professor. BA Fine Art Painting
Kansas City Art Institute. Missouri USA
Visiting Profesor. BFA sculpture
Wimbledon School of Art & Design. London
Visiting Professor. BA Fine Art Sculpture
 
2005
Metropolitan University. London
Artist Lecture. BA Fine Art
Neath Port Talbot College. South Wales UK
Visiting Professor. Foundation Art & Design
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design. Birmingham UK
Visiting Professor.  BA Fine Art
 
2004
Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design. London
Visiting Professor.  MA Fine Art
Metropolitan University. London
Artist lecture. BA Fine Art
Wimbledon School of Art & design.  London
Visiting Professor. BA Fine Art

2003
Bucks & Chiltern University College. High Wycombe UK
Visiting Professor.  BA Fine Art

2001
Kensington & Chelsea College. London
Artist in Residence. HND / Foundation Art & Design
ART 274 Life Drawing. For beginners & intermediate level

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