“I did 15 years on Art Attack – 20 series, 500 shows, 2000 ideas and the question I get more than anything else is ‘did you actually do the drawings?’”
The BBC is having a look at the TV celebrity’s show in liverpool: “Neil Buchanan brought art to a generation of children, but is still waiting to be recognised as an artist.
Yet as the 49-year-old Liverpudlian launches his first collection of what he calls “grown-up art”, he says that is not the reason for producing it.
“I always promised myself that one day, when I hung up my wax crayon, I would do something for myself and came out of me.
“In a way, this is the first time the public are going to get to see the real Neil Buchanan.”
The exhibition, Hope Street, is inspired by his growing-up in Aintree, a subject matter chosen not least because he says he is “a sucker for nostalgia”.
“I thought why not do something appertaining to my childhood?” he says.
“Hope Street isn’t a place, it’s a state of mind – I think when I was a kid, there was a lot more hope in the air.
“Whether that was naive or not, I don’t know, but it felt right to me – I lived in hope.”
‘Failed rock star’
Interestingly, it is neither Neil’s TV career nor his move into fine art that he is most proud of.
It is his first love, music, and in particular, his recently revived heavy metal band, Marseille (see video below).
“People say ‘Art Attack has to be your greatest achievement ever’, but it wasn’t. It was a no brainer – just a good idea, such a good idea that it was always going to be successful. I’m a musician first – that’s what runs through my blood. ”
Read on at the BBC
Neil Buchanan launches his Hope Street collection at Rennies Gallery in Liverpool on Friday 7 October and The Original Art Shop in Preston on Saturday 8 October.
Art Attack – ORIGINAL from ABC in the 90′s
Wikipedia: “Art Attack is a British children’s television series revolving around art. The original series was one of ITV’s longest running programmes, running from 1990 to 2007, and was presented throughout by Neil Buchanan. The brand new series launched on Disney Junior (UK & Ireland) on June 6th 2011 and is presented by Jassa Ahluwalia. Each show involves Jassa voicing-over footage of an artist producing three works of art, taking the viewer through the various stages of production step by step. Unlike Neil in the original series, Jassa does not create any of the Art Attacks himself.”
More Art Attack videos on Youtube.
Marseille (featuring Neil Buchanan) Unfinished Business Album Promo