Artist of the Week- David Newman
A true artist is someone who sees that anything can be beautiful. Our artist of the week this week is sculptor David Newman who creates works of beauty out of bits of discarded wood or unwanted stone. In his hands they become elegant, crafted pieces that resonate a graceful air towards the viewer. Newman is interested in the history of the materials he uses and he skilfully represents abstract ideas by shaping the wood or stone into wonderful forms. These are materials which, like life, are at once powerful and vulnerable, and a combination of organic and man made.
His work speaks of the unguarded moment when we allow the jagged edges of the world to collide with the delicate texture of the self. Stone corners are smoothed to emphasise the sensuous softness of the flesh, captured here skilfully. Emerging spheres are born out of their grey shells, bringing to mind the shape of the earth and the process of new life. He creates scorched, or ingrained, textures like the bark of a tree, seemingly eternal and yet infinitely fragile. Energy and effect are created in Will to go Forward as the figure shows the existential strain on his otherworldly torso. It is through his expert handling of balance and harmony that the artist creates the wonderful effect in Calm Rhythm. He shows the beauty in the ripples and waves of the world, alive for an instant and then lost forever. Abstract concepts and imaginative shapes are shown in Presence and Curve Restraining Lines, with graceful, natural curves battling against the sweeping man-made edges and corners. Love and devotion are given abstract representations through shape and texture in this powerful art.
This is sculpture with life and soul. Emotion is created through the handling of material and the human connection with certain shapes and forms. A joy to look at, this is work that would grace any space and give any buyer years of pleasure. We are proud to name David Newman as our LondonArt artist of the week.