David Neale lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. His style delights in the expressive potential of metal work, and has been shaped by his rural upbringing, love of nature and folk cultures.
He made his first item of jewellery at 15 years of age, a pendant, for a girl he liked. Who knows, maybe she still has it!
Next, David's Grandfather gifted him a jeweller's saw frame- with it, he cut out a ring from a piece of whale bone. Perhaps this was the beginning of a fascination with rare and storied materials that can be transformed into a personal artefact.
It soon followed that David enrolled in RMIT's Gold and Silversmithing course, where he benefited from the tuition of internationally acclaimed artist-jewellers Robert Baines, Marian Hosking, Sally Marsland and others.
By age 19, David was invited to exhibit with Mari Funaki, who established Australia's premier venue for international contemporary jewellery- Gallery Funaki. David was represented by Funaki from 1998 to 2010.
David's jewellery can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and other public institutions- and is also worn by many of Australia's most respected jewellers. He now crafts jewellery for customers all over the world, and very much enjoys the direct connections made possible by the internet.