Hi, my name is Neil and I am a mural painter, artist and illustrator. I have been painting colourful and detailed artwork all my adult life, and fabulous murals professionally since 2002.
Based in a quiet little corner of Devon, I'm happy to work locally, nationally and internationally, with artwork appearing all over the UK, as well as the USA, Europe and China. I can can produce canvases to order plus I have also been known to do the odd bit of children's book illustration.
Artistically I tend to lean towards realism over abstract, painting things as I see or imagine them and enjoying the challenges of understanding form and light, then trying to recreate them with paint. I like to enhance the colours we see around us but also enjoy working with muted colours and grissaille monochrome. I also prefer naturalistic art, and impressionism over expressionism, though not exclusively as sometimes I like to get playful with the paint. I primarily though use the composition and colour pallette choices to create a mood, rather than any abstract art approach. The artwork I create I think reflects the wonders I see and feel around me in life and also inside the rolling landscapes of our deeper minds, also rather than focusing on the macabre or negative, I like to keep my artwork in the positive spectrum, and this positivity mirrors my general life attitude, which I think has a knock on effect that creates in the viewer an uplifting emotional connection. When you apply this to a wall in for example somebody's house, it makes it pleasing, heartwarming and inspiring to live with, be it for children or adults.
In my home life I'm married with two young children who are growing up fast, we all live in a fairly modern, standard little house with a mortgage in the lovely south west of the UK.
I provide a bespoke hand-painted mural service, which includes children's murals, home and garden artwork, and murals for business and the wider community. You are invited to view my portfolio in the various galleries on this website, they represent a cross section of the work I have been asked to do over the years..
I love painting beautiful artworks for anyone with a seed of an idea or a dream, there are possibilities to suit most budgets, so I'm sure to be able to create something you'll love that's within your budget.
As a mural artist or occassionally as part of a group of mural artists, I've hand-painted hundreds of mural commissions large and small around all sorts of homes, business premises and other spaces, including many children's bedrooms and playrooms, also swimming pools, bathrooms, garden rooms and outdoor walls, in restaurants, offices, games room and cinema rooms, on the sides of boats, for soft-play centres and playgroups, schools, hospitals, care homes, the list goes on...
CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION
I also sometimes produce illustrative artwork, and do the layout and design for children's books, so if you would like me to consider illustrating your fabulous story, please get in touch for a chat.
"...Neil Wilkinson Cave magically transformed our school library with the beautiful literary themed woodland mural that you see pictured. Neil is incredibly talented and you should not hesitate to get in contact with him if you have a school, community or even personal space that you would love to transform. I would recommend him one hundred times over - you really should get in contact with him if you even have a seed of an idea about a space you'd like to change!"
Kate Munkenbeck Stannard (Aardman, and Parent at Lydeard St. Leonards Primary School).
"Thank you @sacredart_murals for Lyla's new bedroom painting on her wall... We absolutely love it! She will make many happy memories playing in here with her friends. I keep going in there just for a peek, I think we may swap bedrooms with the baby now :) We are so pleased.. Really recommend anyone who wants this done it's very much worth every penny."
John and Nadia Burns
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