Neil Gibson – Currently based in Ghent, Belgium, but originally hailing from Toronto, Canada. Born in 1981. Interest in creating art or painting began during his teenage years, and started to develop his art while attending the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto. These years provided the time to explore his own creative aspirations as well as exposure to art history and the art world in general.
His interest in the psychedelic arts were also seeded during this period, through discovering the underground psy-trance scene in Toronto. For the next few years, he began painting backdrops for his local team, the Blacklight Activists. This atmosphere nurtured his creative interested and provided a platform to develop his art. In 2005 he completed his degree and created his series of Sub-Matrix paintings, which earned him recognition abroad. The same year he was invited to exhibit his work Europe and eventually relocated to Europe to focus on his artistic endeavors full time. He has showed his work from Moscow to Japan, Peru to South Africa and many other places and cities worldwide, and been actively decorating events and participating in art exhibitions since 2000.
Favourite mediums currently include painting, screenprinting, computer graphics, collage, the use of light, and most recently delving into 3d programs. Multi-media-mixing is also part of my process. Either generating content digitally to use as models for painting and vise-verse. Basically any way I can create an image and apply it to a piece, or affecting paintings with ambient light effects to more intricate video mapping.
Inspirations is impossible to pinpoint or too endless to note. Inspiration can strike anytime and anywhere, in any form, from the abstract to mundane and everything in between. I try to be creative as much as possible and sprinkling a bit of art throughout all parts of my life. The people I meet, travels, pondering the ‘human condition’ or even just making a sandwich. But of course I find much inspiration in the natural world. Trees are very pleasing, landscapes, pretty much anything sculpted by the forces of nature. The universe! All that, in contrast with images and forms in our artificial world, like technology or cities, VR scapes, science and scientific diagrams, science-fiction and fractal imagery are an endless source of visual material and conceptual content to draw from. In my art it’s easy to see what I draw from (pun intended) and the elements I combine. I try to make a visually pleasing balance of geometric and organic forms, or chaos vs order. No matter what I do, somehow the 50/50 formula seems to be inescapable. That concept is applied on many levels, whilst attempting to control the chaos through accidental process like improvised natural fractal forms made by various painting techniques, combined with planned geometric structures. I find a piece more magical when it’s not overly pre-designed, but still leaving room for some improvised chaotic-fractal-fun!
Once you go fractal, you never go backtal. 😛