Medium: Oil on board
Size: 27cm x 37 cm (10.5” x 14.5”)
I look at the world a lot. A small part of it, at least.
I used to keep art largely indoors, with interiors and still lives being the staple of my activity. There was always some - a little - landscape: city stuff mostly, because I lived in London for many years, grew up there indeed. Since moving to Sussex activity has gone outdoors a lot, although bigger and more complicated work goes on in my painting room, informed by studies in watercolour, drawings, sketchbooks. London still makes an appearance from time to time.
A certain amount of time spent in Italy conditioned the way I see, made me want to take notice not only of the glories of light and matter, but also of the effect of history, the past, on how we see the present.
I want to remember somehow, in what I do, Piranesi's Rome or some of the late Renaissance artists or... whomever. I know this is not obvious to anyone looking at my work - especially as I do not paint figures anymore (although I used to, a lot).
The Ouse Valley, Sussex by Paul Newland
Paul Newland NEAC RWS has served as the Vice President of the Royal Watercolour Society and was its Honorary Curator until 2015. Paul is currently responsible for organising the Drawing School (the educational arm) of the New English Art Club.
Paul was born and educated in London’s north-western suburbs and went on to the Slade. He taught and painted, in London and the country, beginning to use watercolour in order to document street scenes and clubs in the mid-1970s. His use of the medium was consolidated during a stay in Rome, 1975-76 and his subsequent one-man shows were predominantly of watercolours. Paul is an elected member of the New English Art Club and was elected Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1991 and Full Member in 1994.