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Richard McNeill was born in Northampton England in 1946 to an English mother and a Canadian army sergeant father. Soon after, the family settled in Toronto Canada. He studied Painting and Drawing at the Ontario College of Art, apprenticed with sculptor Robert Downing, and earned a teaching degree at the University of Toronto.

He came on staff at the Art Centre of Central Technical School, as the sculpture technincian, in 1969. His positions then accelerated through evening school sculpture instructor, senior daytime sculpture instructor,  Assistant Art Department head, and Program Administrator. He retired from educational positions in 2016.

He has had major exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, the Koffler Gallery, the SSC Gallery, BCE Place, and the Canadian Sculpture Centre and, in all, has participated in over two hundred solo and group exhibitions throughout his career. Many large works from his Gazer series were executed, as commissions, for development sites within Toronto. He is the recipient of many grants and awards and has represented Canada six times at FIDEM international biennial exhibitions in Europe and North America.

In 1997 he became the Director of the Canadian Sculpture Centre and in 1999  was elected President of the Sculptors Society of Canada. He continued in both positions through 2001. He is currently Vice-President of the Sculptors Society of Canada, Co-Director of the Canadian Sculpture Centre, and a Director of the Medallic Art Society of Canada.

In 2015, he was invited to participate in the Changsha International Sculpture Symposium in China where he created a major work, Eco-Portal, over five metres high. This bronze work was installed on a hill overlooking the lagoon in Yanghu Wetland International Sculpture Park in 2016. He was invited back that same year to create a second monumental work for bronze and Guardians of the Secret, a three-part installation, was installed in the same park in 2018.

The wonder of creation and the sanctity of life are central to the development and direction of his work. Experiencing the births of his son and four daughters proved to be the principle motivation behind the formation of his Stream and Regeneration series.  

He continues to work at his studios in Brighton, Ontario, where many of his works are installed on the expansive grounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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