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Art of Michael Newberry

light, love, and life.

With Jag Grossman at the unveiling of Icarus Landing

Michael and Jag Grossman at Unveiling of Icarus Landing.

How Meaningful is Art?

Quotes by Shaw, Picasso, Twyla Tharp, and Getty

“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

In Stunning Settings

My art in beautiful places

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 ...


Four decades of art and aesthetics

Michael Newberry has been pioneering figurative art for over four decades with his unpredictable brand of beauty, optimism, and passion. 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 ...

Works from 2017

Arabesque - Heterosexual Couple
48 x 72 inches, oil on linen

Eye of the Rose and Opening 

Side by side in Chan Luu's Studio in Sante Fe

We had a great week painting in Chan's unfinished studio, It was a pleasure to focus on the vortex of the flowers.


oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

Almost impossible not to thinking of the erotic symbols of an opening the phallic nature of the petals. 

Eye of the Rose

oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

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. 

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. 

Works from 2015-16

October 19, 2016,
pencil on paper.
Examining those who would lead us by their service.

The Collector
oil on linen, 60 x 50 inches
The moment when a collector feels the sensuality of an artist's work and allows it to enter his consciousness. .

pencil on paper, 16 x 19 inches. 
My favorite artist. 

WIP, oil, 22 x 28 inches.
What does the sound of the rustling petals look like?

Mountain Daisies 
oil, 25 x 19 inches.
Silly and happy blooms.

Pink Orchids
oil, 25 x 19 inches.
Dancing petals through space leaving shadows behind.

La Vie en Rose
oil, 25 x 19 inches.
What a difference a blush makes

oil on linen, 22 x 28 inches.
Unfolding layers of delicate petals.

Adam and Eve
oil on linen, 72 x 92 inches.
What is the initial thing, the spark, that launches an epic love story? A glance? 

Arabesque - Female Couple
oil on canvas, 60 x 36 inches.
The quietness of listening to a lover's heartbeat beats louder than voices. 

Arabesque - Male Couple
oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches.
The touches that form euphoria. 

Unbearable Lightness of Being
oil on canvas, 36 x 58 inches.
Enveloping release.

oil on canvas, 46 x 42 inches.
Before there was the Origin of the World there was man.

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.

oil on linen, 28 x 22 inches.
Gaze, intake of bredth, and focus, and focus more.

The Poet
oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches.
Bridging thousands of years from fragile creations to the future. 

oil on linen, 7 x 6 feet.
From my heart to your ear, from my touch to your thought, where I end and you begin.

oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches.
Interwoven air.

Glass Vases
oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.
Pulling up lights and marks from the depths to bing against the surfaces of the glass.

Three Jars, an Orb, and a Wood Coconut,
oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.
We start the race, along the way climb obstacles, getting to know them pretty well, but finish far away with nothing else to bump into.

A Pearl Among Folds
oil, on linen, 3 x 4 feet.
Unfolding details the more we go forward.

Available Works

If you are interested in knowing which works are available and which are in collections, you can follow this link to a separate archive site. There are no listed prices. But Definitive Works will be higher priced, and Smaller Works much less so. You can contact me through either site with queries.

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