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Neil Eckersley (OLY)

A Olympic Judo bronze medallist is turning his hands to gentler skills and making moves in the world of contemporary abstract art. Born and raised in Salford, Manchester UK. Neil Eckersley was Britain’s leading extra-lightweight Judo player for a decade, winning his bronze at the Los Angeles games of 1984. He coached the National Junior men’s team for many years. Today, Neil is still actively involved with the sport of Judo at all levels.


But recently he has gone back to another love of his and is taking a firm grip on the art world with a stunning portfolio of new works being showcased all over the world. Neil has had exhibitions in Manchester, Norway, Paris, Hong Kong, Budapest, Baku and recently in Tokyo.


Neil, now living in Lancaster UK Neil explains how his love of art began, saying: “I grew up in a working class area, which explains why I wanted to learn how to look after myself – but the art came from a need to express myself and give an outlet for my creative urges. I’d always had a problem with the written word because of my dyslexia but found painting to be the perfect way to express emotions and things I wanted to put across’’.


Courtesy of the artist’s website.