Paint & Print
Alexis Neal is a full time New Zealand based artist producing contemporary Maori art.
Her work involves defining a place for women’s cultural identity and predominately has looked at the duality of artefacts in terms of personal adornment and material culture. Her studio practice is interdisciplinary, combining components of print, sewn feather canvases, weaving and installation works together to address Maori traditional whakapapa in a contemporary context.
By injecting the ethnographic view with the potency of taonga tuku iho Alexis breathes life into objects that have been removed from their cultural context. Neal’s work refers to traditional Maori material culture but maintains a universal quality in its reference to European tapestry, reflecting a fusion of cultures.
Since completing a Masters degree in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, Alexis has continued to develop her professional practice as a contemporary New Zealand artist. Alongside her professional career Alexis has also fulfilled tutoring positions in both academic and community institutions throughout New Zealand.