London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 09, 2009 -- Liz uses the gallery as her studioâ and quite literally paints herself in. Every inch of the main wall space is covered with paint and scrawled text creating a spectacular visual decadence.
The artist has a provocative practice which often confronts pornography. She uses fantasy imagery embodied with sexual references to denounce the malevolence and banality in the advertising-saturated media which is consumerism oriented.
Neal's explosive canvases are punk inspired odes to subjects â prostitutes, hermaphrodites, porn magazines, shocking old newspaper cuttings, advertising cards and banner slogans, all shouting for attention. Her manipulation of paint, as well as her sculptures expresses the physicality of the flesh. The freedom of her brushstrokes emphasizes the transitory nature of what is caught on canvas - youth inevitably fades and pleasure is followed by comedown. They are intelligent and compelling works which juxtapose low grade, disposable sensibilities with an attention to the handmade opulently crafted objects of a former age.
Some Product confides in us, through fragmentary imagery, the life journey of the artist from her native village in Wales to London, and the journey from the countryside to the city of a generation with no paradigms, those people born in the conjuncture of the 1970's and thrown into the fray of the 1980's without being prepared for the global society. People who grew up with the puritanical Sunday sermon and the weekday discovery of sexuality through pornographic magazines.
Liz Neal embodies the freedom, desperation and aggressiveness of not knowing what god to worship, what party to vote for, what sex to feel attracted to, consuming and experiencing everything around, getting the tongue burnt and waiting to be doomed by a younger generation; more self-conscious and smart or more pure and simple.
Liz grew up in North Wales, and attended Middlesex University. Graduated with an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2001, her work was immediately snapped up by the Anthony D'Offay Gallery and the entire collection was bought by Saatchi. Since then she has had solo shows globally.
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Sartorial Contemporary Art was founded in 2002, in an 18th century Georgian house on Kensington Church Street, as a project-led space set up by artist/curator Gretta Sarfaty Marchant. Gretta's aim is to use the gallery to present work by emerging artists and to promote the exchange of current ideas and practices which reflect their activity and instigate cultural dialogue.
In October 2008 Sartorial Contemporary Art moved to Kings Cross becoming the largest new contemporary art gallery in London, with 6000 square feet of exhibition space. Sartorial is known for its commitment to ground-breaking art and for its unparalleled support to artists.