“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."
George Bernard Shaw
"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." Twyla Tharp
"The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor." J. Paul Getty
The reward after the painting is signed, after it has been publically shown is that the art finds a loving home. Here are some of the stunning settings my art has been honored to be placed. See more ...
Michael Newberry has been pioneering figurative art for over four decades with his unpredictable brand of beauty, optimism, and passion. Using pigments and a surface he probes inner workings of the human psyche and depths of light. Some of his notable paintings are Denouement, Icarus Landing, Puccini, Manhattan at Night (with the Twin Towers), and his current Arabesque Lovers' Series. He has exhibited in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Athens, and he will have an upcoming show in at the White Cloud Gallery in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2017. Read more ...
An exciting thing about being an artist is actively engaging in kinesthesia -- transcribing differing senses into visual terms. In this case flow. I think of flowing water, waves or energy moving in currents over time. Painting is static, it freezes a moment, but I like to think I am capturing something of an ongoing movement.
One of the muses for this project is Georgie Leahy, a lovely person inside and out. She is fearless and will go to the ends of the Earth to make art projects come true.
The model, Katie Bolin, is local to Idyllwild, the land of honey, granite, artists, thinkers, and kind people. She contacted me about making a painting and that she was 8 1/2 months pregnant, and would I be interested? "Yes!" was my reply.
Katie and I discussed beauty and pregnancy, and we came up with this neo-classical pose that reminded me of the Graces from the Renaissance.
When she first posed, I noticed a beautiful blushing quality to her skin, and I am most happy with I think I succeeded in getting that in the painting.
She came with her mate, Sven Ellirand, a photographer, and he took reference images along with some candid shots in my studio.
What does the sound of the rustling petals look like?
Almost impossible not to thinking of the erotic symbols of an opening the phallic nature of the petals.
A wonderful part of painting is being calmly focused on one brush stroke at a time. A close up of a rose lends itself to this zen-like process.
oil on linen, 22 x 28 inches.
Unfolding layers of delicate petals
Puccini, pencil on paper, 16 x 19 inches.
This drawing came about from a discussion with a friend about how great a composer Puccini is, and he wanted the original oil painting, which is not available and I offered to draw this based on the 1984 painting. The collector said the drawing brought him to tears. My first work of 2017.
Dancing petals through space leaving shadows behind.
Silly and happy blooms.
La Vie en Rose
oil, 25 x 19 inches.
What a difference a blush makes
oil on linen, 42 x 36 inches
Where does identity end and art begin? Can you look back at a song, movie, or artwork and think about how that work influenced you, how it helped shape who you are? Those influences rarely manifest themselves explicitly, though with tattoos one turns oneself literally into a work of art.