Artist Harry Neely

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The Artist Says:

Paint from life.  If you just slow down and paint what you see, it will look right.

Dealers Say:

Harry's paintings are "gems".
Gallerist in Charleston, SC


                   ABOUT THE ARTIST       Harry Neely
         I'm a native Carolinian with a long family history of musicians and artists.  The family story is that when the first Neelys came to the Catawba River there was a sign that said "There is better land farther West" and  those who could read, went.  At fourteen, I flunked out of band and  began studying with an old, local artist.  Twenty years later I found out that he studied in the circle around Monet.  I graduated with a BS from NC State University and entered the U. S. Army.  Although I am primarily self-taught, I have studied with some of the most prominent traditional artists across the U.S. and Italy.  Today, I'm happy to  live, teach, and paint full time in Southern Pines, Pinehurst and Aberdeen, NC.
       I am honored by local collectors and by patrons across the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia.  I was a gallery regular in Charleston, SC for many years.  I have had five one man shows.  My paintings have been awarded by international art critic, F. Lennox Campello; artists like Jian Wu, NOAPS-Master; and museum curators like Willford Scott, National Gallery, Washington, DC. I have exhibited in the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.  In December 2017 I was juried into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's Fall 2017 International Show.  I am known by my collectors for still life paintings, but I also paint landscapes, other works and figures.
         My paintings are influenced by the American artists of the 1800-1900’s, the great century of American art.  I lived in the city, but I grew up in the woods, creeks and farmlands of piedmont North Carolina.  I hope my paintings show the same respect of beauty, optimism, color and destiny that the artists of the 1800's did.

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