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Photograph: Penny Neal

‘’Having long been a master of the beautiful and sublime in his approach to painting, it’s no surprise when William Neal added digital art to his quiver of creative expressions, he’s harnessed the technological beast in his own unique way. Fun and whimsical provocative and modern. Look close and see where this creator of beloved musical images has journeyed.‘’

Jerry LoFaro / illustrator, artist, photographer. U.S.A 


William Neal works from his studio in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland. Born in Guildford in 1947, William was brought up in the village of Bramley, Surrey. He gained a Diploma in Art and Design at the Guildford School of Art, and followed a diverse career in the graphic arts working for the BBC, Ulster Television, Pitman Publishing and C.C.S Associates, a leading design group in London’s West End. It was from C.C.S that he met Greg Lake, and went on to work for Emerson, Lake and Palmer producing cover designs for the two million selling albums ‘Tarkus’ and ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. His work was also used by other rock bands during this period such as Stone the Crows, Audience, The Mick Abrahams Band, numerous reggae albums for the Trojan label. Jimmy Cliff, The Pioneers, Upsetters, The Dynamites, Byron Lee & the Dragonaires & Funky Chicken of various artists.

More recently, he painted ‘Moonlit Dunes for Keith Emerson’s Three Fates album. His Pictures at an Exhibition painting The Old Castle is featured on Carl Palmers album,  Working Live Vol 3.

William also has an interesting teaching background. He taught part time at the Belfast school of Art in 1967.  In 1980 he taught enamelling at King Edwards School in Surrey England.  Throughout his career he has given numerous talks to adult education centres, art societies, and taken art therapy classes for special needs In Stranraer. 

His artwork remains highly collectible at home and abroad. To date he has held over 100 exhibitions and sold in excess of 6000 Ltd edition prints.

Click here for a full list of exhibitions and collections

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