Josef Neet

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“There is an alien feel to this painting, something not quite right to the eye but very appeasing at the same time. The blue square shapes look like a form of alien language of some sort, uniform with slight variations in them. As with most of my work, an additional layer of depth is created by the painting beneath this painting trying to break out. I really tried to keep it as minimal as possible which is unusual so this is a unique piece of work for me. For this piece, I used cardboard pressed against the canvas and carboard tubes to create the white circles. I can also recall scratching the canvas with nails… There is definitely something very primitive about it.”

DIMENSIONS | 100 x 125 cm
MEDIUM | Oil & Acrylic 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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