Wandsworth Art Curated: NEON

Artist and design duo, NEON, were invited to share with us their top Wandsworth Art Profiles for our October Wandsworth Art programme –

We are NEON, a practice which explores the territory between art, architecture and design. We believe art has the ability to enrich people’s lives. Our goal is to design projects that are not just beautiful and intriguing, but which also facilitate engaging, sensory and emotional experiences. 

In 2017 we worked on a project with Pump House Gallery and Wandsworth Council in Battersea Park. The project was called Pump House Pavilion. As a part of the design process we collaborated with a group of students in Chestnut Grove Academy in Balham and we really felt a connection with the area!

As a practice we enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams and we always get inspiration from different art forms. We were excited to investigate the different artist profiles and for our top selection we have selected a variety of different types of artists whose work we found inspiring.

Adalberto Lonardi – We loved the way Adalberto used architecture as a framing device for each of his paintings as well as his very bold graphic style.

Ricky Leaver – We enjoy the way Ricky’s photographs isolate and abstract elements in the natural or built environment which create a sense of surrealism as well as bringing your attention to them as a viewer.

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Amanda Blunden – We particularly loved Amanda’s use of colour in combination with a minimal aesthetic. Very evocative work. 

Henrietta Stuart – Wild use of colour evoking the most ephemeral moments in nature. As a studio that spends a lot of time by the sea, you can’t help but get drawn in!

Helen Rawlins – In our own work we tend to use a lot of repetitive elements as well as everyday objects so Helen’s work really spoke to us!

Ivan Cartwright – Ivan’s work really stood out due to the way he uses colour and reflection. His paintings reminded us of Anish Kapoor’ sculpture “Cloud Gate”.

Nicholas Gentilli – Nicholas work reminded us of the sets of Wes Anderson with lovely details and a hint of surrealism.  

Ralph Anderson – While there is an almost childlike quality to these artworks, they are filled with clever use of material and colour. We particularly loved the way fluorescent paint is used on the backside of the artworks to create a subtle glow on the backwall!

Yau Chung Tong – The divine use of colour and glazes on the ceramics create an almost landscape like appearance. In the overall body of work we really appreciate the interest in how craft affects the experience of everyday life. 

Monette Larsen – We loved Monette’s stunning use of a single material – glass as well as the use of colour and form to create sculptures that evoke the natural world.