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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?

A few insights that you might appreciate

“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

Some of 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 ...


Some bio details and questions that motivate my art

I grew up in La Jolla, California and ​started painting at 11 years old. In 1974 as a fine art major I began studying art with American Modernist Edgar Ewing​ at U.S.C., and I have virtually painted every day since then. In 1977 I moved to The Hague, Holland and studied life drawing at the Free Academy Physcopolis. From 1990 to 1994 I taught life drawing, composition, and painting at Otis College of Art and Design. I have exhibited in Athens, Rome, New York, and Los Angeles. 

While painting I ask myself many questions some of which are: What does depth of spirit look like? Is a man and/or a woman the center of the Universe? What is it that makes humanity special? Is art key to our evolution as a species? And what does it look like to be in the moment? 


The Collector, Time-Lapse
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Live: Portrait of Brett Billions

Live: Portrait of Brett Billions
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.

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.  

Be among my friends to first see newly completed works. 

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

Portrait of Pietros Maneos
oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches.
Bridging thousands of years from  fragile creations to the future. 

Whispers in Chan Luu's Pacific Palisades home..
Never ending, never beginning whispers of cultivation.

Two still lifes and three smoke paintings in my Idyllwild cabin studio.
Currents of light around forms and through space.

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