Unquestionably regarded as a visual arts pioneer of the 70s and 80s, PaulNeagu approached art from a philosophical rather than from a professional competence perspective. This enabled him to influence a whole generation of British artists like Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread and Anish Kapoor who regarded him as their mentor.
Both in his country of origin, Romania and in England, his adopted country, he was embraced by the professional art world as one of the major conceptual artists of his time. He knew his way around in almost all media and did not restrict his experiments to his activities as a sculptor, painter or as a graphic or performance artist. In addition he applied all conceivable new techniques that were being discovered in his time, such as 3D installations which often required the participation of the public.
In his essay titled PALPABLE ART MANIFESTO! (1969), he sketches a philosophical and also visionary picture of what art should be. He argues fervently for art as a comprehensive concept, which must not only be observed by the eye, but needs to be experienced by all senses.
The concept of “Anthropocosmos” that is leading in this exhibition suggests the simultaneous distinctness and the interconnectedness of everything, from the molecular level to the universal.