Courty has dedicated his life to the study of neon lights and immersed his mind in creating beautiful works of art with the use of vibrant colours, lighting technology, typography and the written word.
Born Robert Keith Court on November 2nd 1970 in the market town of Romford, Essex, England to a working class family. Courty, is his childhood nickname adopted for signature reference to his collection of signed neon artworks.
Since 1987 Courty has dedicated his life to the study of neon lights and immersed his mind in creating beautiful works of art with the use of vibrant colours, lighting technology, typography and the written word, predominantly with the use of the iconic light form known as ‘Neon’. A respected and well known English craftsmen of the 100 year old art of glassblowing neon tube lights, Courty has reached master neon glass blower level and is forever exploring and pushing the boundaries of hand made neon light use in the world of art & sculpture from his East London based studio. Not a classically trained or studied artist, Courty has chosen to work from industry ground level and has spent a lifetime working hands on with creative minds from around the world in the art & design arena, turning ideas and visions into ‘illumination reality’ on a spectacular level. This has earned him the reputation of being ‘the man to go to’ for high end neon fabrication and is referred to by many as the artists artist. Being company owner of commercial illumination specialists ‘Signs Of All Kinds’ and art world specialists ‘Creative Neon’, Courty is in a unique position to produce high quality neon art that combines his own personal creativity with his knowledge and technical expertise that culminates in a beautifully crafted light art piece that aims to draw you in and explore its many properties.
Courty feels honoured to be an artisan of the craft of neon glassblowing and endeavours to keep the art of making it alive, with pencil in hand and from sketch to flame, with fragile glass and noble gases he strives to keep on creating his electric artworks of light. Courty loves to collaborate with other artists and organisations too on neon art projects and agrees fabulous results come from such pairings, however, in the vein of a painter being proud of his painting and a sculptor being proud of her sculpture, Courty is extremely proud of the fact that along with only a few other artists in the UK, can truly claim to be the creator of his particular medium ‘neon art’ and strongly believes there is real worth in originator authentic works. With a lifetime spent illuminating his beloved city of London and to have worked on international film sets and backdrops for TV and theatre, it is likely your eyes may have met and unknowingly been enlightened with his work before. Courty has also been privileged to work with some of the most famous names in the world and has also sculpted very personal handwritten messages in neon light for vip people and is much trusted in these circles and well respected for his sworn secrecy, privacy and discretion in relation to commissioned personal neon artworks. Whether it be collaboratively or on his own Courty has neon art pieces hanging on the walls in some of the most exclusive houses and estates around the world. He has fabricated neon art pieces that now form part of collections of world leaders, stars, the rich and famous, as well as having made neon artworks that have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries and art institutions in the UK. Being proud that these artworks have reached such high levels, Courty with his working class roots also prides himself that his art is available at all levels financially and is collectable and affordable to all lovers of neon art.
Courty describes his neon artworks as an exploration of light, colour and the written word.