Neil Driver

Neil Driver

  • Biography

    Neil lives in Clyde and started his painting career in 1973. He has a studio at home that overlooks the Clutha River and he draws inspiration from the Central Otago landscape, still life and interiors looking through open doors and windows.
    Neil Driver’s style of painting is most commonly called ‘realist’. He uses many layers of thin acrylic paint, slowly building up tone and colour. Using the process of observation and analysis Neil often changes reality by reassembling and altering elements within each painting. What at first sight appears to be a photographic-like image is in fact a reordering of the actual scene. The landscapes and interiors are empty of people but open doors and chairs acknowledge their presence. Through light and shadow Neil punctuates his paintings with a mood of stillness and calmness which give his paintings a timeless quality.
    Article in Verve magazine August 2012
    Born and raised in Dunedin, Neil Driver moved to Central Otago in 1975. It is from this land that he derives his inspiration, with its magical light and breath taking landscapes. Driver is a painter of light. From landscape to still life, his work evokes serenity, calmness and effortless grace. Painting in a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles that is uniquely his own, Driver often depicts details that are generally overlooked by the human eye. This gifted artist brings life and beauty to the simplest objects, such as a shirt hanging on a chair, a tablecloth or bowl of fruit.
    There is more of an implied presence of something you never see. Whether it is a window frame in the foreground with a surreal background or looking through veranda doors, the lean towards surrealism is evident. He focuses on painting landscapes and interiors where humans are absent, but their presence is intensely felt through open doors and empty chairs.
    Driver has been exhibiting in New Zealand since 1975 and his works are in private collections worldwide and in public collections at the Hocken Library, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bank of New Zealand and State Services Commission.

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Neil Driver

Bay Window, 2021
59 x 83cm Framed: 90 x 114cm acrylic on board $12,500.00

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Pears
Framed: 63 x 63cm acrylic on board Sold

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Evening Rain, Cairnmuirs, 2021
70 x 55cm Framed: 100 x 86cm acrylic on board Sold

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Hill Top Tors, 2020
Framed: 73 x 137cm acrylic on board Sold

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Window to Central, 2020
80 x 64cm Framed: 109 x 95cm acrylic on board Sold

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Tors, 2020
41 x 78cm Framed: 70 x 109cm acrylic on board Sold

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Southern Entrance, 2020
Framed: 66 x 79cm acrylic on board Sold

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Eggs and Blue Bottle, 2019
acrylic on rag paper Sold

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Two Shells, 2019
Framed: 49 x 61cm acrylic on rag paper Sold

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Approaching Storm, 2019
acrylic on rag paper Sold

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Gourd and Quince, 2019
Framed: 60 x 80cm acrylic on board Sold

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Red Onions, 2019
Framed: 60 x 80cm acrylic on board Sold