Neil McChrystal Art

Artist and Illustrator

About the Artist


Living as I do in Scotland, it’s impossible not to be amazed by the power of the landscape and constantly changing air to elicit emotion and atmosphere. I wanted to find a way of expressing this through my art, so in 2004 I started training in drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art, where I found myself moving into more abstract colour based work. It was there that I was able to develop a spontaneous yet emotive style of my own through which to capture the emotion and atmosphere of mountains and water and clouds and sunlight, both real and invented.

My influences are many and varied; from the atmospheric light of my artistic hero JMW Turner, whose work has been a huge inspiration since childhood, through the late colourfield work of Mark Rothko and the modern expressionistic landscapes of Scottish artist John Houston. I am also very influenced by music, where I try to convey mood, pace and theme through intuitive colour and texture choices.

I have exhibited in Glasgow and in London and my work generates interest from lovers of contemporary and traditional styles alike which is something I am very passionate about. The boundary between traditional landscape and contemporary abstract painting is something I like to break down.

If you would like more information about me, my art or my methods; or to purchase a piece, please do not hesitate to contact me by using my feedback and contact form here. You can also keep up to date with what I’m doing on my “SketchBlog”, where I sometimes post works in progress or short pieces on art.

I have a Facebook page at Neil McChrystal Art, and I am one of the administrators on the annual drawing challenge 28 Drawings Later which takes place every February.

I have included a selection of internet links that inspire and influence me which you may find interesting:

A selection of works by JMW Turner / Turner at Tate
Mark Rothko at Tate
Alison Watt – Phantom
A selection of works by Wassily Kandinsky

Brian James Waugh – artist working in a pre-raphaelite style
Martin McInally – artist and tutor
Cynthia Bowles – artist and tutor
Benny Merris – artist and tutor
Jill Ashforth – artist
Lynn Howarth – artist and tutor
Julie Arbuckle – artist and tutor
Peter Gillies – artist
Yvonne Taylor – artist

Living in NZ – the photography of John Watt – Photography by Michael Gallacher

The music of Marillion
The music of Steve Hackett
Claude Debussy
John Coltrane

Maryhill Art School – sadly now closed and sorely missed
Glasgow School of Art

Wassily Kandinsky’s “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” (in public domain) : free eBook download