|Quintin Neal with Eaglelette|
Published: Monday, August 20, 2012
It takes an artist’s eye to turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece, but NCCU art major Quintin Neal did one better: He took a life-size fiberglass cow and turned it into an eagle. Neal’s work will be part of the Cow Parade, a public art project and fundraiser benefiting the N.C. Children’s Hospital. More than 100 cows will be displayed throughout Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill before being auctioned in January 2013.
Neal named his cow Eaglelette and spent three weeks bringing her to life. “I really wanted to capture an angled feel, along with an abstract touch,” said Neal. “I wanted the cow to scream NCCU, and what better way than to use the screaming eagle?” Often used at NCCU sporting events and spirit celebrations, the eagle has been synonymous with NCCU since the days of university founder, Dr. James E. Shepard. Shepard would encourage students with his often-quoted line, “The eagle is no common barnyard fowl.”
When NCCU Art Museum Director Kenneth Rogers began looking for an artist to tackle this project, Neal was an obvious choice, even though he had never completed a project of this scale. “When he [Rogers] first mentioned the project to me, I asked him, ‘What size canvas would I need,’” said Neal. “When he said I would be painting a life-size cow, I wasn’t deterred at all. I thought, ‘Let’s go.’”
A Greensboro native, Neal serves as the student curator for the NCCU Student Gallery, housed in the Fine Arts Building. For the last year, he has organized student exhibitions, and this fall he will continue to do so, and will also assemble a first-time faculty exhibition. He also serves as president of Kappa Pi, the international art fraternity, vice-president of the NCCU Art Club and as a member of the College Advisory Council at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
“I am always up for a challenge, and creating a design that would represent my alma mater was a great honor,” said Neal. The cows were displayed at Golden Belt last weekend for an artist reception and the Cow Parade Roundup.
Eaglelette will be displayed in downtown Durham at the American Tobacco Campus.
A senior majoring in art studio with a concentration in painting, Neal has had a passion and love of art since preschool. His artwork and interests include abstracts, portraits and still-life paintings, interior design, photography and sculpture. After graduation he plans on pursuing his master’s in fine art, teaching and producing work in his own studio.