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American born sculptor Doug Neil began his work carving abstract totemic and metamorphic designs from timber, in Seattle, Washington.
After immigrating to Christchurch in 1990, he began large works in Oamaru Stone. Several are sited in well known Canterbury gardens including Ohinetahi (Sir Miles Warren’s) in Governors Bay and the Seattle Sister City Garden in the Halswell Quarry.
Since 1998 he has worked exclusively in marble, granite and volcano basalt often on a very large scale.
His “Pillars of Wisdom”, in black granite, won the Kurashiki, Japan Cultural Foundation sculpture competition Grand Prize in 2003. Doug’s Sculptures are primarily inspired by natural features of New Zealand’s South Island, outcroppings such as the Moreiki Boulders, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and the braided rivers of Canterbury.
His work also reflects natural found objects: bone fragments, fossils and eroded boulders. It is a traditional approach associated with the idea of “Truth to Material.”