Reviews | Academic and so ‘English’
The Advertiser, Adelaide, 1978

“Being called an academic artist is not something I am worried about,” says Neville Weston, the current exhibitor at the Avenel Bee Gallery, Stirling.

If we take “academic” to refer to an emphasis on draftsmanship, proportion and structure, it is the right word for his paintings in oils and watercolor; the landscapes no less than the studies of plants and flowers.

Weston’s training at the Slade School appears to have been a major influence on his style. Apart from a so-journ in Canberra in 1975, he lived in the UK until joining the staff of the SA School of Art in 1977.

These pictures will strike most Australians as distinctly “English.” Their unabashed craftsmanship and understated painterliness are the main reasons.

The differences between Weston’s Australian scenes and those of Scotland and Ireland are subtle, and derive in part only from the differences in light.

Their distinguished quality lies in the fine and varying balance achieved between their academic, romantic and impressionistic elements.

David Dolan

© 2014 Neville Weston