Neil was born in St Just in Penwith, and works from his studio on moorland near Penzance.

Quote from Neil Pinkett (2008) in his illustrated catalogue for the exhibition WATERFRONT at Beside the Wave Gallery, Falmouth: 'Working in Newlyn, you cannot help but be affected by the masculine, slightly dangerous feeling of a working port. This has influenced my work significantly, as I have become increasingly engaged in the working life of the people amongst whom I too live and work. My focus has been intensified by the prevailing sense of change in Cornwall's working ports, which may soon obliterate an entire way of life. This collection then reflects an urgent need to record working life as it is today, has been for centuries, and could soon be no more.'

PInkett has been a tutor at Newlyn School of Art  since 2011.


Painter who uses drawings, watercolours and photographs, working often in the open air.

works and access

Works include: Newlyn Trawlers; Newlyn Harbour, Early Morning (Oil on board); Penryn Quayside; Flushing from the Quay; Falmouth Harbour; Botallack Rocks; etc. etc.


Mixed and solo exhibitions:

Trelissick Gallery (1998); Out of the Blue, Marazion (1999); Great Atlantic Map Works, St Just (2000, 2004, 2005); Falmouth Municipal Art Gallery (2000); Beside the Wave, Falmouth (2001, 2004, 2005, 2008); Beside the Wave, London (2003); Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (2007, 2008)

'Effortless Brushstrokes', Falmouth Art Gallery 11 Feb - 14 Apr (2012)

2004, 2006, 2012: Gallery Tresco

2013: Newlyn Art Gallery - Newlyn School of Art Tutors Fundraising Exhibition (24 Oct-2 Nov)

2016: Winter Collection Exhibition, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (Dec 2016-Feb 2017)

2017: Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance - 'A Year at Cape Cornwall' (6-20 May)

2018: Blooming Marvellous, Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion (24 Mar-10 Apr)

2018: St Michaels Mount, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (17 Mar-7 Apr)

Open Studios Cornwall 2019; 2020 (postponed)

2020: 'Fleeting Shadows', Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (Apr)

2021: 'Water', Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (30 Mar-1 May)

2021: Ten - A Celebration of Ten Years, Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion (17-24 July) 

2022: Quayside, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (1-26 Mar)

2023: Down to the Sea, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (22 Mar-15 Apr)

 2024: The Drama of Light, Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance (18 Apr-18 May)


NSA 2009 list


Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Tovey, David (2022) Lamorna - An Artistic, Social and Literary History - Volume II - Post-1920, Wilson Books

WCAA Filebox

Tutors' notes, Newlyn Art School (on-line 2011)

Waterfront exh cat (2008) Beside The Wave, Falmouth