Artist of the Week 4
Andy Newman was a lawyer in Washington, D.C. for over 15 years before becoming a professional artist at the age of 36. Newman began as a hobbyist painter after being given a set of painting tools as a gift from a friend, before deciding “I much more enjoy painting than I do trooping to the office every day.” He creates work primarily using oils, but also uses pastels, acrylics, and colored pencils. His specialties are landscapes, abstracts, and figures, often combining them in striking and creative ways.
Andy cites 19th and 20th century American and European greats as some of his diverse influences, among them Giorgio Morandi, Edward Hopper, and Maurice de Vlaminck. Particular favorite classical artists of his are pioneers of the baroque movement Georges de La Tour and Caravaggio.
Newman is represented in over ten galleries in Europe and North America, and maintains his studio at the Umbrella in Concord, Massachusetts.
“Over the course of my painting career, I have concentrated on three genres- figures, landscape and abstract – with varying emphasis at different times. All three genres have permitted me to explore and develop those aspects of painting that animate and drive me most: composition, form, color, light and what the French call “facture”- handling or workmanship. For me, the extent to which those aspects are successfully addressed will determine whether the painting has expressed or conveyed a content.
Thus with the landscapes, more often than not driven by architectural objects, the subject of the painting is the shapes, forms and volumes that carry and convey the light and color; the actual place – France, Portugal, New England – is almost incidental.”
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