Born: 1959, Bristol
Elected RA: 24 September 2013
Category of Membership: Sculptor
Neil Jeffries studied at St Martin’s School of Art, 1978-82, and the Slade School of Fine Art, 1982-84. He has a deep interest in medieval art and the continuing insistence of an awkward figuration fuels his work. He makes painted metal reliefs/sculptures.
Neil Jeffries RA, 'County Fair'. Oil on metal. H 59cm. Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour.
His subjects include a miscellany of apparently incongruous subjects and concepts, which concern and fascinate him. These might be shapes, stories, points of view, dreamed experience, bumps, holes, corners and edges. Fragments join together and suggest a narrative, others remain separate, but still relevant and compelling.
Jeffries started his teaching career at the Slade School of Fine Art in the early 1990’s and he continues to have major input into the painting course today. He has won the Wollaston Award in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition as well as the Bryan Robertson Award and the Arts Foundation Award.
2013 Art Space Gallery, London
2012 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2010 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2010, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2008 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Art Space Gallery, London
2007 Mall Galleries, the Mall, London
2003 Flowers Central, London
2001 Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, London
1999 Flowers West, Santa Monica, United States
1998 Flowers East, London
1997 River Studios, London