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Exhibition: Moments of Silence — Paintings by Douglas Newton
August 19, 2015 - October 14, 2015
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is pleased to announce “Moments of Silence,” an exhibition of small oil paintings by Douglas Newton.
These paintings invite sustained contemplation. Some are from observed reality. Others are mostly from his imagination. They are all painted over days and weeks of concentration and creativity. While his subjects from life are recognizable, he eschews photo realism in favor of building up a richness of color and sumptuousness of form.
I paint subjects that have unexpected beauty that I translate into oil paint. I paint from my imagination and also from reality. I also have a series on candies and their wrappers, focusing on their translucency and reflections. In all these paintings, my emphasis is on light, color, texture and atmosphere.
Some of the paintings are simple, direct compositions. Others become almost abstract in their complexity. All, I hope, help us see the unexpected beauty in everything around us.
DOUGLAS NEWTON BIOGRAPHY:
I have been painting seriously for about thirty years and full time for fifteen. Before that, I had a career as an advertising art director.
At first, I worked in a “suburban surrealism” mode, painting the American landscape, houses and gardens, mostly from my imagination. I have also drawn and painted extensively from the figure. At the same time, I began painting still lives, mostly food, toys and household objects. Gradually, the still life painting became my main interest. The series of candy paintings evolved out of my food still lives.
I work directly from nature, instead of using photography as a reference.The paintings are all oil on canvas, gallery wrapped on heavy stretchers. My main focus is capturing the effects of light on form, texture and color. I also try to make the paint itself beautiful, and to feel, not like photo realism, but as rich, sensuous oil painting.
ONE PERSON SHOWS:
2014 Kings Highway Library, “Reflections”, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Dacia Gallery, “Unwrapped”, New York, NY
2011 Lotus Fine Art & Design, “Eye Candy”, Woodstock, NY
1991 Educational Testing Service, Henry Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, NJ
2015 Denise Bibro Fine Art, “Art From The Boros III”, New York, NY
2015 BWAC, “Wide Open 6” juried show, Rujeko Hockley, Brooklyn Museum, juror, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Maloney Art Gallery, “Home”, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
2014 Stanford Alumni Art Exhibition, “Art•Work”, New York, NY
2014 Denise Bibro Fine Art, Art from the Boros II, New York, NY
2014 Art Essex Gallery, January Invitational Exhibit, Essex, CT
2013 Elisa Contemporary Art, “Curate NYC”, Riverdale, NY
2013 Hudson Guild Gallery, “Sister, Brother, Father, Daughter, Wife, Husband”, New York, NY
2013 Art League of Long Island’s 56th L.I. Artists’ Exhibition, April Gornik, juror. Dix Hills, Long Island, NY
2013 TRA Gallery, “Blue” and “Red”, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Curious Matter Gallery, “Dangerous Toys”, Jersey City, NJ
2012 Hadas Gallery, Yo Brooklynites II, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Jadite Gallery, Group Show, New York, NY
2011 Longwood Art Gallery, “Toys & Games With A Twist”, Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY
2011 Tabla Rasa Gallery, 4 paintings,”Childish Things”, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Rush Corridor Gallery, 10 paintings, “Mmm..I Want to Eat That Art”, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Denise Bibro Fine Art, 2 paintings, “Sinister Play”, New York, NY
2011 Hudson Guild, “Inanimate Pictures”, New York, NY
2009 Acento Gallery, “Five New York Artists”, Abu Dhabi
2009 Hudson Guild, “Appetizing Pictures”, New York, NY
2009 Gallery 125, “A Feast for the Eyes”, Trenton, NJ
2006 Madarts Figure Show, Brooklyn, NY
2006 The Arts Guild of Rahway, “A Separate Reality”, Curator, Samantha Dorfman, Rahway, NJ
2002 Gallery in the Woods, Exhibitions in their gallery in Brattleboro, Vermont
2002 ARTeur Visual Codex, Group Show in New York City and at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore
2002 Maine/Maritime International “Flatworks 2002”, Read Art Gallery, University of Maine, Group Exhibition
1996 Nicholas Davies & Co. Gallery, New York City, “Fin de Siècle”, Group Exhibition
1993 Tribeca 148 Gallery,. New York City“Maximazation”, Curator: Madelaine Messmore Netter
1992 Pleides Gallery, New York City, Annual Juried Exhibition, “Point of View”
Juror: Daniel Cameron, art critic, curator
1991 Hudson River Open 91, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Jurors: Richard Haas, Muralist, Michael Borghi, Borghi and Co., Fine Art, New York, Philip Verre, Director of The Hudson River Museum
1989 Pleides Gallery, New York City, Annual Juried Exhibition, “Sight Unseen”
Juror: Kim Levin, Art Critic, The Village Voice
1989 Hudson River Open 89, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY,
Jurors: Susan Larsen, Whitney Museum of American Art, Lynne Addison, The Museum of Modem A, Liese Hilgeman, The Hudson River Museum
1983 Rye Art Center, Rye, New York Juried Show, “Point of View”, Second Prize
Juror: Lisa Phillips, Whitney Museum
Art Center College Stanford University, B.A
2011 Review in the Woodstock Times, June 9, “Eye Candy at Barthel”, by Paul Smart
2010 Painting “Self” included in the art book “Planet Earth” for “Friends of the Earth International”
2009 Best of America, Oil Artists, Volume II, book
2004 Painting “Self” used on the front cover of Quadrant, the Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology