Neiland's subject is the city-scape, an envrionment that he feels is rich in potential yet often neglected. He quotes the work of Fernand Leger, who was the first to use the awkward contemporary environment, as a key inspiration. His paintings are both figurative and abstract in their structure, using reflections of light and modulated colour.
Technique is fundamental to the work and his research leads to a series of drawings that formulate and define the imagery. These drawings then become the templates or masks through which the images are sprayed. In this way it is possible to build up layers of colour, and produce an uninterrupted surface save for variations in hue, tone and structure.
During his extensive travels around Europe, Brendan has closely studied the interiors by Vermeer in Amsterdam, the extravagance of Gaudi in Barcelona, as well as the black intensity of Goya in Madrid. These influences, together with a preoccupation for the industrial aspects of Britain, help Brendan in encouraging people to reappraise their environments and to feel a greater sense of involvement in them.