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About this Website

This web gallery is a presentation of some of my artwork and some of my written work. It is an attempt to share some of my thoughts, ideas and experiences with others. It is my “Message in a Bottle”. I live in Adelaide, South Australia.

I produce all of this website myself: code all of the pages (including the occasional piece of Javascript coding), photograph my artwork and adjust the digital images. I try to show some new displays of artwork every month (usually within the monthly display section), so please come back regularly.

This web gallery was established in 1997. Over the years, as a result of this website, I have been contacted by many people from all over the world, which is a very pleasing outcome.

Please email me for more information, at: neil@neilhuggett.com

 



News

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Item

3rd October 2022

Added my October 2022 Monthly Display presenting New Scanned 35mm Film Photographs, taken at Hallett Cove Conservation Park. See a list of past monthly displays.

1st September 2022

Added my September 2022 Monthly Display presenting Some Photographs Entered in a competition titled, “Through the Lens”. See a list of past monthly displays.

1st August 2022

Uploaded a new version of my entire website, that presents most pages without frames. My website should now be much better when viewed on mobile phones, or tablets, etc. Please email me if you have difficulties with viewing the new version.

Displays in the "Travel" and "Photographs, Abstracts, More..." (Gallery 4) sections still use frames at this stage (a lot of work still required to change those displays). Please view these displays using a computer or laptop.

20th June 2022

Moved my web gallery to a new hosting service, which will hopefully be more reliable. Apologies for using my previous hosting service, which I found out would sometimes be not providing access to my web pages for viewing. I hope this new hosting service works out better!

28th September 2021

My pastel painting, "Inside the Black, with the Warm Smell of Fermentation", was selected and exhibited in an exhibition titled, Inspired By Trees, at the Burnside Council Atrium Space (at 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore, SA). The exhibition was on from Wednesday 29th September until Friday 22nd October 2021.

20th March 2021

My painting, "Under A Sunlit Canopy in Angas Gardens", was exhibited in The 2020 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize at the Adelaide Festival Theatre Foyer and QBE Galleries, from 20th March 2021 until 8th May 2021.

21st January 2021

Notified that The 2020 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, is now scheduled to be shown at the Adelaide Festival Theatre Foyer and QBE Galleries, from 20th March 2021 until 8th May 2021. I was successful in getting my painting, "Under A Sunlit Canopy in Angas Gardens", selected as a finalist in The 2020 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize.

20th July 2020

I checked that this web gallery appears in the newly released program for the 2020 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, which will officially take place during 1-31 August 2020. This online exhibition is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the festival time (1-31 August) and beyond.

13th July 2020

I entered 4 of my photographs in the 2020 'Through The Lens' Photographic Competition. This competition is open to all South Australian Seniors Card holders, and an exhibition of finalists' photographs was shown online and at the Adelaide Lending Library.

6th June 2020

I registered this web gallery as part of the 2020 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, which officially took place during 1-31 August 2020. This online exhibition is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the festival time (1-31 August) and beyond.

3rd March 2020

Notified that I was successful in getting one of my paintings, "Under The Sunlit Canopy in Angas Gardens", selected as a finalist in The 2020 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, to be shown at the Adelaide Festival Theatre Foyer and QBE Galleries, later in 2020. The exhibition was postponed due to the Coronavirus restrictions, and took place in March 2021.

15th January 2020

Added my Vic-20 Graphics presentation to Gallery 4.

26th November 2019

Added my Flight! presentation to Gallery 4.

3rd July 2018

I was notified that my pastel painting "Soft Colours in the Western Sky Before Sunrise" had been sold. It was on display as a finalist in The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize for 2018, held at the South Australian Museum.

24th April 2018

Notified that I was successful in getting one of my pastels selected as a finalist in The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize for 2018, to be shown at the South Australian Museum, from Friday 8th June until Sunday 5th August 2018.

20th September 2017

Entered a pastel portrait, "The Linguist", into the 2017 Prospect Portrait Prize. After not getting my portrait selected as a finalist, I presented it in my November 2017 Monthly Display.

2nd May 2017

I registered this web gallery as an exhibition venue as part of the 2017 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, which took place during 1-31 August 2017. The special exhibition on my web gallery was titled "20 Year Anniversary of Neil Huggett's Web Gallery". This exhibition was available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the festival time (1-31 August).

I would like to thank the City of Burnside Council for their kind sponsorship of my SALA exhibition registration and listing.

March 2017

Sold two prints of my charcoal drawings to a bush poet and artist who lives at Bourke in New South Wales.

14th February 2014

I was very pleased to receive a Highly Commended Prize of $2,000 for my entry in the inaugural Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, exhibited at the Adelaide Festival Centre Artspace Gallery.

January 2014

One of my drawings has been selected as a finalist piece in the inaugural Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, to be exhibited at the Adelaide Festival Centre Artspace Gallery during the 2014 Adelaide Festival.

March 2013

Added "3D photographs" section and "Mandelbrot Abstract" section to Gallery 4.

September 2012

One of my drawings has been selected as a finalist piece in the 2012 Heysen Prize, for Interpretation of Place.

August 2011

Abstracts 3 (Adobe Illustrator Abstracts) and Photographs 3 were added to Gallery 4.

July 2011

Other Microcosm Project Drawings were added to Gallery 4.

December 2009

Website given a major update, and expanded to include more work.

August 2009

Website moved from "www.geocities.com/neil.huggett" to "www.neilhuggett.com". Previous provider, Yahoo, increased its web hosting charges dramatically, and made it worthwhile for me to find a better web host.

September 2008 Selected as a finalist in the 2008 Heysen Prize, for Interpretation of Place.
July 2008 Selected as a finalist in 2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, held at the South Australian Museum.
September 2007 Finalist in the 2007 Heysen Landscape Art Prize.
July 2006 Selected as a finalist in 2006 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, held at the South Australian Museum.
September 2005 Won 3rd prize in Category B (works on paper) in 2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, held at the South Australian Museum.

 



About the Artist, Neil Huggett


I am primarily a self-taught artist. I was born in 1959. I grew up in Sydney, but have lived in Adelaide since 1982. I have always enjoyed drawing, making things, and looking at reproductions of artwork in books. Favourite artists include Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, M. C. Escher, Rene Magritte, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, William Turner, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Fred Williams, Max Ragless, Robert Hannaford.

I attended Mount Kuring-gai Primary School, Ermington Primary School (in West Ryde) and then Marsden High School (in West Ryde), all within Sydney suburbia.

After finishing high school, I found an excellent job in a small graphic design studio. I learnt a wide range of professional skills. After a couple of years, I found myself using my artistic skills, discipline and ‘sensibilities’ to realise other people’s ideas. This led me to thinking that I should be using my skills and ‘sensibilities’ to realise my ideas. Thus began a purposeful journey of personal discovery, and personal expression.

I went to Tasmania for about six months to explore painting and drawing full-time. I returned to Sydney for a year of working, then moved to Adelaide and continued full-time painting and drawing for another year and a half, living off the money I had saved.

After a range of short-term jobs I undertook a tertiary qualification in Art Teaching. I have since worked as an Art and Design teacher in secondary schools, a computing teacher in a university, an educational multimedia developer in a university, and as an IT support officer.

Throughout my entire working life, I have produced artwork and been a keen photographer outside of my working time (including while travelling to work, at lunchtimes, and while travelling home from work, etc). I have also used computers for producing and/or manipulating images since my degree.

I have enjoyed overseas travel with my wife (who can speak 5 European languages), to The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. There are some photographs from these travels in the Travel section.

I find art to be an important inspiration. It's about describing the experiences of living in this world we are in. I especially value producing positive artwork outside, directly from life.

I enjoy walking, looking, drawing, analysing what I see and experience, playing tennis, looking, listening to music, computing, watching movies, eating, travelling, taking photos, looking, reading, wondering, talking, ...

 



Sales

Original Artworks

The following framed original artworks are available for purchase, directly from me at the prices indicated (in Australian dollars). They would have to be picked up directly from me, in Adelaide. I will not send these pieces to another destination.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces shown here, or have a specific request, please contact me via email at neil@neilhuggett.com.

 

 

Reclining Nude from the Back


Reclining Nude from the Back
49 cm x 35 cm, conté on cartridge paper.
Date produced: 1989
Price: $690

I am very happy with this result. Highlight areas for me were the forms within the shoulder region, the lighting across her lower back and buttocks, and the soft flesh behind her knee.

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Towards the Hills


Towards the Hills
84 cm x 61 cm, oil on linen canvas.
Date produced: 1984-1986
Price: $890

I enjoy open areas of wild grasses, wild flowers and birds, especially in the sun with free breezes - lovely freedom and life, everywhere.

I produced this painting between about 2 pm and 3 pm in the afternoon, over a period of about one and a half months in early Spring. The colours in the painting are a little dark, because the canvas was in full sunlight when I painted it. I have since learnt to keep my canvases (while working on them) in the shade, for better control of tones for the expression of bright light. More information...

 

 

 

 

The Bridge, Flinders Forest


The Bridge, Flinders Forest
55 cm x 75 cm, conté and pastel on Canson paper.
Date produced: March 2001
Price: $1190

Drawn on-site, in the Flinders pine forest, near the footbridge: it was the 3-dimensional structure and the imposing band of the footbridge that were the main reasons for this drawing. I’ve used an exaggerated aerial perspective within the colouring, to help express the forms, structures, and hopefully even the ‘breathing’ air around everything.

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Weeping Myrtle 2


Weeping Myrtle 2
38.5 cm x 55 cm, conté and pastel on Canson paper.
Date produced: February 2001
Price: $980

Produced on-site in Repton Road, Somerton Park. I produced this drawing during about ten sessions in the mornings of very hot days in summer. I had a very nice spot to draw from, in the shade of the tree itself.

I wanted to accurately define the lovely flowing structures of the tree, and use accurately observed colouring for the whole image. I am pleased with the image’s sense of sunlight and presence, and with the depiction of the forms within the tree’s trunk and main branching. More information...

 

 

 

 

The Sugar-Loaf


The Sugar-Loaf
74 cm x 54 cm, conté and pastels on acid-free coloured-ground ‘Canson’ paper.
Date produced: September 2003
Price: $1,350

A flock of pigeons flicker softly above the sugar loaf, a whitish conical formation of limestone and clays on the right hand side of this drawing. The sunlit grasses on the slope just in front of me wave and bob in the cool breeze coming up from the sea behind me.

This is a small section of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park, a section of maintained native coastline environment just south of Adelaide. It's a great place to go to to get fresh air, and a good dose of nature. More information...

 

 

 

 

Small Tree with a Metallic Sheen


Small Tree with a Metallic Sheen
54 cm x 74 cm, conté and pastels on acid-free coloured-ground ‘Canson’ paper.
Date produced: November 2004
Price: $1,490

This magnificent little tree, providing an easily accessible spectacle of colour, lustre and form, like so many other trees, gets taken for granted as people walk past it along the footpath. I was surprised by the number of people who walked past my drawing and said something to the effect of "wow" about my drawing, seemingly without realising that the tree (right there in front of them) was even more "wow" - it was alive and real, moving in the free air, with insects moving over it and about within its foliage, with dynamic lighting effects, and could be enjoyed from all around in 3-dimensional space. More information...

 

 

 

 

From the Foot-bridge Through Flinders Forest


From the Foot-bridge Through Flinders Forest
75 cm x 55 cm, conté and pastels on acid-free coloured-ground ‘Canson’ paper.
Date produced: May 2002
Price: $6,890

Drawn partly on-site in the pine forest within the Flinders University of South Australia, and partly within my studio at home. This drawing was developed fairly directly from an earlier drawing, “Floating Across Flinders Forest”.

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Inner Strength
- Moreton Bay Fig, Adelaide Parklands

Inner Strength - Moreton Bay Fig, Adelaide Parklands
58 cm x 76 cm, charcoal on cream acid-free drawing paper.
Date produced: May 2005.
Price: $7,000

This drawing was entered in the South Australian Museum's "The 2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize", and won 3rd place in Category B. It has been exhibited at the South Australian Museum and at the National Archives in Canberra, as part of a touring exhibition from "The 2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize". More information...

 

 

 

Form and Space – The Sugar-Berry Tree

Form and Space – The Sugar-Berry Tree
55 cm x 75 cm, conté and pastel on Canson paper.
Date produced: May 2002.
Price: $9,900

Drawn entirely on-site, at the Botanical Gardens in Adelaide. This magnificent tree has so many interesting structures that I had to try my skills at trying to capture some of them.

This drawing went through considerable development and was entered in the 2002 Dobell Art Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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