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Artist Statement JONATHAN NEWEY

Jonathan Newey is an award winning artist who lives and works in Reading. He comes from a strong artistic background and is believed to be a 4th generation artist. He has been an art tutor in adult education for over 20 years and has published three books: ‘Drawing with Coloured Pencil’, ‘Drawing and Painting Buildings’ and ‘How to Draw Wild Animals’.

He works in a variety of mediums and subjects including paintings in acrylic, watercolour and sketches with pen, watercolour and watercolour pencil.He has work in collections both in the UK and abroad and has exhibited at a number of open exhibition venues including The Mall Galleries, London, West of England Academy, Bristol, Royal Society of Birmingham Artists and The Morphi Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus.

The abstract paintings are a new and experimental part of my work and I feel are a natural progression from the more representational pictures.
I start with sketches done from a variety of patterns in both nature and human intervention such as cracks in walls and patterns found in the bark of trees. I work up loose sketches on paper using charcoal and oil pastels then use the sketches as a platform for my finished paintings. I paint with either oil or acrylic. The surface texture of the painting will often dictate to me the direction and the feeling that I will eventually get out of the painting. I also experiment with colours that I would not normally use in the more representational work.
— Jonathan Newey

 

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions JONATHAN NEWEY

2015 -  Brick Lane Gallery, London
2007 - Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
2007 - The Riverside Museum, Blakes Lock, Reading
2007 - Hexagon Theatre, Reading
2004 -  Affordable Art Fair, London
2003 -  Royal Birmingham Society of Artists open exhibition
2003 - West of England Academy open exhibition in Bristol
2003 - Art for Youth exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
2003 - Morphi Gallery Limassol, Cyprus Summer exhibition
1996 - High Street Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

2016 -  Finalist in International Artist Magazines Art Prize Challenge (to be published in August/September edition) 
2011 -  awarded signature status by the UK Coloured Pencil Society
2011 -  Cass art award for ‘Best Wildlife Drawing’ at the UK Coloured Pencil Society’s annual exhibition held at Westminster Hall, London
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Selected and exhibited at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. 2010 & 2011 awarded ‘Highly Commended’
2009 -  Presidents Award UK Coloured Pencil Societies Annual Exhibition
2003 -  Finalist in The Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ national competition at the Mall Galleries in London
2001 - Best of show UK Coloured Pencil Societies inaugural exhibition
1997 -  Winner of mixed media category of PAWS (Paint a Wildlife Subject) national competition.