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John Neville

John Neville

John Neville

John Neville has been described as a folk artist, a master printmaker, a professional storyteller, and an “original” Canadian artist. He was brought up in the tiny village of Hall’s Harbor, Nova Scotia, in a distinctive home built by his grandfather in the late 1880s. Neville’s painting is more than simply fascinating art.  It is a thoughtful and realistic record of a fast vanishing way of life, that of the fishermen, a life lived by both his father and his grandfather. 

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John Neville has been described as a folk artist, a master printmaker, a professional storyteller, and an “original” Canadian artist. He was brought up in the tiny village of Hall’s Harbor, Nova Scotia, in a distinctive home built by his grandfather in the late 1880s. Neville’s painting is more than simply fascinating art.  It is a thoughtful and realistic record of a fast vanishing way of life, that of the fishermen, a life lived by both his father and his grandfather.  

Born in 1952, Neville grew up where physical work was taken for granted and folk memory was celebrated by stories about people’s loves, hates, rivalries, hopes, and, most of all, their complex relationship to the sea and its creatures.

During the early 1970s, Neville left Hall’s Harbor to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He put aside the drawings of his childhood to study photography and printing.  Neville gravitated to the art of printmaking, concentrating on the intaglio process of engraving.  After graduating in 1976 from the Centre de Gravure Contemporain in Geneva ,Switzerland, Neville returned to Canada, where his art evolved and matured to the point where he won several national awards. Stateside, Neville has enjoyed solo exhibitions in New York City and at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Today, John Neville splits his time between his native Canada and the midcoast Maine river village of Damariscotta.

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