Alan Neider was born in Norfolk, VA. He was highly influenced by his grandparents. His grandmother did number paintings and crafts while his grandfather painted the outside of their house every summer and the interior every winter.
Six years after moving to Los Angeles he enrolled in El Camino Jr. College. The school had a great art department that woke him up to possibilities of being an artist. He then graduated from California State University-Long Beach in Ceramics. He received an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis.
While in graduate school, he received a Robert Rauschenberg Work Grant. Neider worked as medical illustrator for five years before moving to Chicago where he continued his painting practice while completing several large scale public art works.
Moving to the east coast the output and scale of his work was smaller as he earned a living in commercial illustration. As time progressed the illustration took a back seat to his 3-dimensional paintings. His art has
from the beginning been about creating difficult and challenging surfaces and forms to paint on and into.
For the past three years Neider has been sewing textured fabric on and painting into U-Haul moving blankets. The Blanket Paintings are his first encounter with blankets as a substrate to paint. They hang, fold and drape exposing some or parts of the painted surface. Neider next felt the forms needed more structure. He built frames and stretched the blankets, with sewn fabric, over the frames. This led to a project of forty paintings utilizing the blankets and the same size frames. There are four groups of ten paintings each.
His current work involves quilted blankets, fabric and paint. These paintings are free hanging with paint being handled in an expressive and gestural manner.
“My work has always been about painting. I built out from the surface of my first paintings because the forms needed to come out into space. Some early paintings were free standing 3-dimensional forms. Some of the forms I have built and painted include: chairs, lamps, curtains, dresses as well as dimensional abstract paintings that hang on the wall. I create/build difficult and challenging surfaces to paint. I believe these surfaces in conjunction with the inherent textures wood, fabric, ceramics lead to a richer, complex experience.”
Selected Solo Exhibitions
ART 3, Blanket Paintings, New York, NY, 2017
Dressing Up: Recent Works, New Haven, CT, 2013
Curtains & Dresses: The Fall Collection, 305 Gallery, CT, 2011
Henri Gallery, Washington, DC, 1988
Henri Gallery, Washington, DC, 1985
Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1981
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1980
Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, 1977
Selected Group Exhibitions
Blanket Statements, Overlook Gallery, Chicago, IL. 2017-18
Bound By Matter, Licthundire Gallery, New York, NY, 2017
Summer Sex 2, Licthundfire Gallery, New York, NY, 2017
SHIM/Apexart, Bushwick, NY, 2016
Artists Equity, New York, NY, 2016
Red Valentine, Concepto Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2015
Whole Foods Pop-Up Gallery, New York, NY, 2014
Disturbing the Comfortable, New Haven, CT, 2013
Torn Papers, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY, 2013
Dress Stories, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT, 2012
Paint is Thicker Than Water, Local Project, Queens, NY, 2012
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
Fashionista Show, Center for Contemporary Art, CA, 2009
Submission Show, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Williamsburg, NY, 2007
CT Commission Gallery, Hartford, CT, 2002
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wis. 1997
Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1995
Fabrications, Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, FL, 1980
Group Show, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, 1968
Robert Rauschenberg Change Inc. Work Grant, 1971
CT. Commission on the Arts Grant, 2001
Public Art Commissions
Lake Dance, A site specific painting, 228 x 1320 inches, Chicago, IL, 1979
Untitled, 2000 yards of painted canvas wrapped around supporting columns in the Federal Plaza, Chicago, IL, 1980
Painting for a conference room, 78 x 336 x 6 inches, Chicago, IL, 1978
Art in America, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Artforum, Art New England, The New Art Examiner, Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Art Reveal 1
Pierogi, New York, NY
Artspace New Haven, New Haven, CT
Cutlog New York, NY, 2014
Artists Equity, New York, NY
The Painting Center, New York, NY