July 2018 Spotlight Artist: FLORENCE NEAL

Florence Neal, Red Hook Islands, 2012, mokuhanga on washi paper, Image: 14 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches.

Florence Neal is a multimedia artist and community figure based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. A prolific printmaker, Neal employs a multitude of techniques, including Mokuhanga (waterbased prints), to explore the lines between balance and chaos, and the underpinnings of geometric and organic forms. Neal is a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship winner and has been awarded residency opportunities including Fundación Valparaíso, Women’s Studio Workshop, The Banff Centre, Hambidge Center for the Arts, among others. In 1985 she founded Everglade Press, an artist’s press, in her waterfront studio. Neal also helped initiate the exhibitions program at Brooklyn Public Library as Exhibitions Coordinator in 2002 to 2004. Since 1992, Neal has been the director of the non-profit gallery she co-founded in 1990, the Kentler International Drawing Space. Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Kentler is dedicated to bringing contemporary drawings and works on paper by emerging and under-recognized national and international artists to the public, and to providing the opportunity to experiment, explore and expand the definition of art in society. In July and November of this year, Neal will teach a Mokuhanga workshop at Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, NY. This August, Neal will participate in an eight week residency at Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil to create Mokuhanga prints about water issues in the village of Itaparica.