John Neylon is an Adelaide-based art writer and curator and formerly Head of Education, the Art Gallery of South Australia (1988-2005). He is the inaugural art critic for The Adelaide Review and writes regularly for this publication. He has written numerous catalogue essays on South Australian artists and several books including Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura, co-authored with Damon Moon (Wakefield Press SALA Series, 2013), Robert Hannaford: Natural Eye (Wakefield Press, 2007), Aldo Iacobelli: I love Painting (Wakefield Press SALA Series 2006), Hans Heysen: Into the Light, co-authored with Jane Hylton (Wakefield Press, 2004), Horizon: Greg Johns sculptures 1977-2002 (Macmillan, 2002).
Curated exhibitions include The Real Thing – Robert Hannaford: Still Lifes, Carrick Hill, Adelaide, 2015; Tough(er) Love: Art from Eyre Peninsula, Flinders University Art Museum in association with Country Arts SA 2012; Robert Hannaford: Open Studio, national touring exhibition 2010–2012; Design Now, Country Arts SA touring exhibition in association with JamFactory 2009–2010; Robert Hannaford: Natural Eye, survey exhibition, Carrick Hill, Adelaide, 2007; and Patterns of Thought: Greg Johns Retrospective Exhibition, 1977–2006, McClelland Gallery, Victoria, 2006.
John Neylon lectures at the Adelaide Central School of Art in Contemporary Art History and Theory, and is a national tour lecturer for the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS). In 2014 Neylon received the Scarlett Award for Critical Writing (contemporary sculpture).show more