Saturday, 13 May 2017

Neon Health and Safety

See no Evil

Hear no Evil

Speak no Evil
All made in 10 mm white 1A with 10 mm standard blue surround. 25m/A electrodes. Waiting to be properly mounted.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Neon Chainsaw

What do you do with the broken body of a chainsaw? Add some neon to it....obviously.
10mm clear glass with 30m/A electrodes filled with argon, running on a 2kV transformer.  Perfect.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Classic Car Boot Sale, Kings Cross 2017

I spent Saturday 22nd April at Wayne Hemmingway's, "Classic Car Boot Sale" in Kings Cross with the Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato and a "For Sale" sign. 

 A fantastic event, complimented by some beautiful cars, enthusiastic stall holders and great weather.

Very nice looking Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato for sale

 I'm very tempted to turn up to the next event at Hastings Pier, 8th and 9th July, but this time with some stock of old neon signs.

 Lots of interest in the Lancia, but not enough to stop me driving it home.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Neon Signs UK

Here at Neon Neon we have been manufacturing neon signs and neon lighting for both the UK domestic market and the rest of the world since 1993. Whatever your neon sign requirements, we will be happy to help. Based just outside Farnham, Surrey.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

NEON: The Charged Line, Grundy art Gallery, Blackpool

Tracey Emin, I Know I Know I Know, 2002

Last weekend I took a maiden voyage to Blackpool, the spiritual home and probable birth place of the neon industry in this country, for a visit to the Grundy Art Gallery's NEON: The Charged Line exhibition.

Francois Morellet, Lamentable bleu, 2006

Francois Morellet Triple X Neonly 2012

Only on for a few more days...

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Vernon Semper Viret

Alison Carlier,  Vernon Semper Viret, neon and transformers 2016

I've just finished and installed this piece of neon for Alison Carlier at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth. Alison was awarded the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award 2016 and this piece is the culmination of Alison's 10 week residency at the gallery.

Alison did all of the artwork for the lettering by hand to produce this lovely outline with serif type face.

The neon was made in 10mm white and turquoise with 25m/A electrodes and runs off three 25m/A transformers.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Doug Solyan, Uptown Neon, Richmond VA 23220

I recently had the most enjoyable visit to see Doug Solyan at Uptown Neon, 2629 W Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220, for the first time since 1994. Doug is one of the two people, who back in 1988, introduced me to the wonderful world of neon and got me started on my life long career and obsession.

His beautiful neon shop on West Cary Street is an Aladdin's cave for any devotee of neon, with thousands of pieces of old and reclaimed neon sections hanging from the ceiling, numerous neon signs and a collection of neon clocks, the envy of any museum.

Doug got started back in the early 1980's and taught himself glass bending with the help of his friend and mentor, Mr Rudd at Talley Neon. He is now responsible for the vast majority of the neon signs scattered liberally across the diners, shops and restaurants of Richmond. 

Doug's obsession with neon isn't confined to the work place and the front of his house, in the Fan District, is always decorated with a couple of pieces of seasonal neon, hung in the windows of the porch, for the delight of the local residents and passers by. While I was there for three weeks, it went from neon pumpkins to neon maple leaves to neon turkeys.

Click here for a link to a beautiful, short film made about Doug back in 2015

Doug, now 74 years old, has no plans for retiring and enjoys every day that he's in the neon shop. Thank you so much for your time Doug, you are an inspiration to many. I hope to be back soon.

Doug Solyan +1 804 358 6243