Chip Neville, MFA - Artist/Musician
I am a digital media academic with a rich creative practice in both traditional and digital medium. I have been teaching at the college level for over twenty years and am active in the local art and music scenes. I am involved in visual, and auditory creative medium, in support of my professional and academic interests. I have an established record of success in both areas.
Chip Neville is a new media artist working both traditional and electronic mediums including but not limited to, music, animation, video, installation, and performance. His work covers a diverse set of topics ranging from humor to politics with an emphasis on local environmental issues.
Chip has worked for over 30 years as an Art Director, illustrator and graphic designer producing work for both public and private employers. Most notably he was art Director, and primary illustrator for more than twenty internationally published, award winning children’s books.
As an traditional, and new media artist Chip has worked with local art organizations such as the Salvador Dali Museum, The Tampa Museum of Art, and the Emit Series. He has exhibited work at film festivals and galleries locally, and across the country showing experimental video, photography, animation, and video installation combined with performance.
Musically, He has written and performed music with the Tampa Artist and Writer's Group, Tampa Bay Composer’s forum, performed as a guitarist and singer in musical ensembles, and toured with the Florida Orchestra. He has also worked teaching guitar and music lessons privately and through the USF Community Music Division.
While active in the local music and arts community, Chip Neville has most recently been working as a college instructor. He specializes in animation, digital audio, video production, visual theory, and new media. He is currently teaching at St. Petersburg College. Previously he worked for the Art Institute of Tampa, and instructed in various capacities on the faculties of the International Academy of Design and Technology (Tampa), University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa.
The title bar of my web page says “Artist/Musician.” Truly this is the only way to describe my creative practice unless perhaps you were to add “traditional/digital” to artist/musician. That indeed would lay a better foundation for discussing my work. My early influences visually were M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, and Leonardo DaVinci. Musically I was very interested in the music to Warner Brothers cartoons, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Bach. Thematically I tend towards cultural critique, and advocacy for environmental issues through humor and allegory. I would described my approach to creativity as richly interdisciplinary.
Visually I am very fond of figure ground reversal, hidden imagery and optical effects. I tend towards abstraction even within the more objective pursuits. I like strong color and rich textures. I employ a wide variety of medium in my visual pursuits. This may be anything ranging from metal and wood sculpture, to optics, electronics and mechanical details. I may use acrylic paint, Block printing, pen and ink, and pencil, or adobe illustrator, digital cameras, or Photoshop to create imagery.
Musically I am quite divers as both a performer and as a composer. As a performer I am capable of both abstraction as is the intention of the electronic duo Dream Marina or while improvising in a jazz or blues setting. I am also capable of being quite objective, while playing classical guitar, or working with the contemporary to classic rock cover band Echo Pulse. As a composer, I have a past of professional arranging and some composing but never found my passion at the direction of others. Currently my compositional pursuits are primarily as a "singer songwriter". I interpret that to mean I create verbal stories which are to be sung and accompanied by parlor instruments. The reductive nature and potential for intimacy of the form is perhaps what I find the most compelling. The form also in no way limits the ability to expand the work to orchestral heights.
I find many things I do creatively are to achieve a balance, my use of digital technology for music and visual work is balanced by pursuing traditional methods such as observational drawing and playing classical guitar. I find balance in combining the visual of film with its audio, and the music album with its cover. Ultimately there is no separation between what I do musically, visually or sculpturally. Being so diverse in my interest has given me a unified view and approach to creativity in the arts. In my opinion, all of the arts (dance, music, sculpture, print, film), use the same language and have the same goal. That goal is to communicate more than a word, more than a look, an idea so sublime that only art can express it.