1st Holiday

Josef Neet

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“This painting is very cutesy and naïve at first glance with the intense use of pinks. But beneath the surface, you may be able to see that there is an entire painting with a lot of blues and greens. I can recall whilst I was painting it, I was feeling deeply unhappy with it so I threw some pink house paint all over it and started all over again. Clean slate. I don’t know what inspired me to paint a palm tree, sunset and clouds but as I was doing so I thought “What a sad scene, what a lonely childlike image of a single tree against a pink distressed backdrop”.”

DIMENSIONS | 100 x 125 cm
MEDIUM | Acrylic & Pastels on Canvas (unframed)
AUTHENTICITY | Signed certificate of authenticity
Bleur Artist Portrait_Joseph Neet_London 2018


Five years ago, I was longing for a home and living a hundred miles away from where I grew up, squatting an art studio in Berlin with my friends. It all got a bit pear-shaped so we left for Copenhagen then Paris and eventually getting into some sketchy situations.

Then art came into my life and I knew it was a powerful thing happening within. I come from this post-industrial place where you say you want to be an artist and they would ask you why, so I have always felt embarrassed.

“A lot of people expected me to quit but I knew I had nothing to lose which is a good place to be when you start something.”

It takes that one person to make a snarky comment if you allow them to and they can destroy what you are trying to create. Everything was fair game and I wasn’t interested in what they thought about me. The only permission I needed was my own.

I try not to get too bogged down with the clichés and expectations of being an artist. Working long hours in various jobs has given me this strong work ethics and I can really go at something without being too precious about it. Kind of go go go.

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