Following Neal’s George III, acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanent collection in 2013, the artist created the 5 Drawer George, another unique piece that pays homage to historic design through new innovations in wood carving and sculpting.
Across his repertoire, Neal combines the technical modes of 3D computer drawing and CNC processes with the intricacy of professional craftsmanship. The exterior structure of 5 Drawer George has been meticulously chipped away to reveal an interior design that is reminiscent of traditional Georgian furniture styles.
The second edition of the 5 Drawer George Chest was exhibited in the critically acclaimed exhibition “Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design” at Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (March 19, 2013-September 15, 2013), Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida (October 12, 2013 – January 20, 2014), and the Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington (March 7, 2014 – June 30, 2014).
Currently, Neal is collaborating with Zaha Hadid on a line of innovative sculptures inspired by ancient vessels.
Gareth Neal (born 1974) graduated in 1996 from the Buckinghamshire College, High Wycombe, England, with a BA in furniture design and craftsmanship. In 2002 he set up his furniture design practice in London’s East End, specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces for private and commercial clients. Neal’s work resides across museum, private, and public collections worldwide. Neal has been a lecturer at many universities including his alma mater Buckinghamshire College and as a Senior design lecturer and researcher at Brighton University.
As the artist works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality as well as finishes may be accommodated for a bespoke piece.
Dimensions: 50.5” H x 38” W x 27” D
50.5” H x 38” W x 27” D (128.5cm x 97 cm x 68 cm)
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