Neil Andersson was born in Tacoma, WA. He received a BA in art from the University of Puget Sound, a BFA from the University of Washington, and MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Neil's visual art focuses primarily landscapes, both plein air and in the studio, and abstract "improvisations." His paintings have been featured in exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Indiana, and Illinois. Neil is represented by Jeffrey Moose Gallery in Seattle WA, the American Art Company in Tacoma WA, Cypress Gallery in Lompoc CA, and Gallery Los Olivos in Los Olivos CA.
Neil started playing guitar in high school and in 1964 joined the famous Northwest rock group The Fabulous Wailers. As a guitarist, he has recorded for United Artists, Janus Records, Etiquette Records, and Modern Hot Records. He is a member of the Northwest Music Hall of Fame. In 1993 he began a collaboration with Dudley Hill that led to the formation of the Gypsy Jazz group Pearl Django; Pearl Django has subsequently recorded 14 CDs and formed its own record label, Modern Hot Records. Neil released a solo disc, "C’est si bon," as well as two collaborations with fellow guitarist Peter Pendras: "Malibu Manouche" and "As the Crow Flies." Neil recently retired from Pearl Django to focus on his artwork.
In addition to his music and art, Neil taught visual art at The Puyallup Tribe's Chief Leschi School in Puyallup WA, the University of Puget Sound, Pierce College, Tacoma Community College, and Highline Community College in Washington state. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission and taught art for MetroParks Tacoma summer arts program. In 2008 Neil was featured in "In Color" on Seattle's KIRO TV.
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