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Doodlemandrill is also known as Keith Neilson, a 40 year old introverted intelligence currently occupying a carbon based support system. I live a quiet life with my partner, Anna, and cat, Lucretia, while creating complex and engaging abstract art.

An unrepentant geek, I consume large amounts of a wide range of geek culture, and have an almost unhealthy knowledge of the works of Terry Pratchett. Don’t ask about my musical tastes, they’re too wide ranging to sensibly outline.

The Art:

The art of Doodlemandrill is hard to pigeonhole. The majority of my original work is abstract. Conglomerations of simple shapes, interleaving and interlocking to create forms of great complexity. Many have commented on the detail and intricacy of his work. The best description I’ve come up with so far is: “Stream of consciousness essays, communicating ideas for which there are no other means of transmission.” Some may consider this a pretentious cop-out, but I really don’t care.

I’m a sincere believer that all Art’s purpose is to communicate concepts and ideas that cannot be expressed in any other way. Words are never enough, and can actually lead to misunderstandings. A description of the meaning of a piece of art, using the clumsy and limited tool of written language, will always miss something essential. When art speaks to someone, it doesn’t use words, and words can actually get in the way.

Major influences include, but are by no means limited to, Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Graffiti art, and anything else which enters my perceptions. Other influences on my work are the works of various sci-fi and comic book authors and artists.

Originals and other work available at

  • Joined: September 2017

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