(Posted March 29, 2019)
The London Visual Arts Guild is hosting its first ever “twin art show.” Identical twin brothers Ned and Ted Neely will display their art at Gallery On High, 5 E. High St., London, throughout the month of April. The opening reception is set for 5-8 p.m. April 5. Regular hours are Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Their show is entitled, “Twin Visions,” because each of them has a different style. Ned’s is more realistic while Ted’s is abstract and modern.
The Neely brothers grew up in Ohio and exhibited artistic abilities from the get-go.
“I was drawing cartoon characters from the comics at an early age,” Ned said, “and in grade school, Ted and I were asked often to create art for events to entertain parents at Parent Teacher Association meetings.”
Ted’s favorite memories from that time include taking part in decorating committees for school dances and proms.
Ned and Ted both attended The Ohio State University, where Ned learned perspective drawing in engineering classes. Ted enrolled in the university’s school of fine arts and later switched to the business college.
Ned didn’t pursue art seriously until his last son went to college. He started out drawing with ink, pencil, charcoal and colored pencil and focused on historic architecture for his subject matter.
His drawing took off when he retired 20 years ago. He expanded into other mediums, including watercolor, pastel and acrylic paint. He also expanded into other subject matter, including animals, birds, flowers and landscapes.
The story is somewhat the same for Ted. Like his brother, he drew for and with his children while they were growing up. It wasn’t until he retired 18 years ago that he set up an art studio in his country home.
Ever since his college years when abstract expressionism was the trend, Ted has leaned toward abstraction in his art. He credits his wife with encouraging him to put more realism into his art.
“I also credit my brother for inspiring me to become a more active artist,” he said.
As with Ned’s art, much of Ted’s art is inspired by architecture, but Ted’s is usually abstracted in some way.
Ted works in pen and ink, pastels, felt tip marker, charcoal and acrylics. He often combines media.
“I have never sold any of my art or displayed it publicly, but I am very excited to be participating with my twin brother in showing our art work together,” Ted said.
Ned lives in London, and Ted lives in Texas. Ted will travel to London to prepare for and attend the show’s opening.