Rowan Newton/ Rowan Newton

United Kingdom

Painting

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Rowan Newton
Rowan Newton
Male
United Kingdom
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Bright colors don’t always mean happiness. Instead, a deeper look into the faces painted by Rowan Newton reveals a whole array of emotions. It’s not that he deliberately confuses his viewers, it simply the influence of the street art he was exposed to from an early age. His paintings are full of character, provocative, and gritty. Everything starts from a sketch, so he draws thousands of pictures every week and chooses the best one for his paintings. Hip-hop, graffiti, and breakdancing have an influence on his art, and London as a whole is a never-ending source of inspiration.

The artist draws thousands of pictures every week and chooses the best one for his paintings

Rowan Newton - A Response to a Distant Echo of Pain - Her Hollow Eyes, Harbour My Past Shadows, pieces of paper and wood and the contact news in 2016,
Rowan Newton – A Response to a Distant Echo of Pain / Her Hollow Eyes, Harbour My Past Shadows

The Hidden Emotions

His style can be described as bright and colorful. People would expect to see happy emotions in the paintings, but instead, upon a closer look, there is really a lot that is going on. The faces usually have this intense look, and Newton’s style could be summarized as a juxtaposition of the bright colors and intense faces, often filled with sorrow. He mostly used acrylic paint, but from 2014 he’s been working exclusively with oil paint and spray paint. Newton is also inspired and admires the work of Jenny Saville, Egon Schiele, and Will Barras. The main goal is to be able to show the emotional aspects that people have in their lives.

The main goal is to be able to show the emotional aspects that people have in their lives

Rowan Newton - Criterion - Tectonic, wood in 2016
Rowan Newton – Criterion / Tectonic

Hip-hop and Comics

Newton grew up in Brixton during the 80’s and was surrounded by the graffiti, hip-hop, and break-dancing, which is evident in his work today. Also, his father would buy the Marvel comics for him, which he would then tirelessly copy. Today he has a daily routine he sticks to, with stuff on the plan aside from painting, like going to the gym, cooking, and answering emails. All those art unrelated things allow him to relax and think about things that are not painting. And even when he thinks about his work, it’s still different because it’s more about the ideas and freshness and less about how to paint something. On June 12th 2016, Newton will be releasing a new screen print with Jealous Gallery at the Art Car Boot Fair at Brick Lane Yard Car Park in London, alongside Peter Blake among others, so if you’re nearby, be sure to check it out.

The artist grew up in Brixton during the 80’s and was surrounded by the graffiti, hip-hop, and break-dancing

Rowan Newton - His Eyes Traced the Shadows of Her Imperfections - Due to a Fierce Approach, She Was Thrown Beyond the Lies
Rowan Newton – His Eyes Traced the Shadows of Her Imperfections / Due to a Fierce Approach, She Was Thrown Beyond the Lies

Art as a Necessity

The world without art wouldn’t exist. All the things invented so far wouldn’t be if their creators hadn’t been creative, if they hadn’t been artists in a way. And for some people, art is the only way to fully express their emotions and communicate on the highest level with others. Rowan Newton is one of those people. Art is simply vital for him, both on a primal, but also on the higher, conscious level. When someone is that passionate about art, a success is guaranteed.

He is represented by Pretty Portal in Düsseldorf.

Rowan Newton lives and works in Greenwich, London.

Featured image: Rowan Newton – portrait

All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Hamburg Affordable Art FairHamburgGroup
2015Contemporary Art RuhrGermanyGroup
2015Amsterdam Affordable Art FairAmsterdamGroup
2015Battersea Affordable Art FairLondonGroup
2015BLOOOM/Art FairCologneGroup
2015Face OffPretty Portal Gallery, DüsseldorfGroup
2015Urban In IbizaIbizaGroup
2015ART15LondonGroup
201520/21 International Art FairLondonGroup
2015STROKE Art FairMunichGroup
2015London Original Print FairRoyal Academy, LondonGroup
2015New York Affordable Art FairNew YorkGroup
2015Jealous Take Over of the Cock N Bull GalleryLondonGroup
2014Smile BritanniaHouses of Parliament, LondonGroup
2014Moniker Art FairLondonGroup
2014London Calling 2014LondonGroup
2104Urban in IbizaIbizaGroup
2014Stroke Art FairMunichGroup
2014Seven Deadly SinsThe Unit Gallery, LondonGroup
2014The London Original Print FairThe Royal Academy, LondonGroup
2014New York Affordable Art FairNew YorkGroup
2014The London Art FairLondonGroup
2013Smile BritanniaHouse of Commons, LondonGroup
2013The London Illustration FairLondonGroup
2013Battersea Affordable Art FairLondonGroup
2013Moniker Art FairLondonGroup
2013MardyBen Oakley Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Urban In IbizaIbizaGroup
2013UNKNOWNNew YorkGroup
2013Four20LondonGroup
2012Herrods BizzarreLondonGroup
2012MOAS Winter Group ShowMOA Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Diplomat Magazine Group ExhibitionLondonGroup
2012Urban Barrier2nd Floor, LondonGroup
2012Sons of WarholLondonGroup
2012Battersea Affordable Art FairLondonGroup
2012Urban In IbizaIbizaGroup
20121st CutWest Bank Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Long PlayerLondonGroup
2012Vamos esto va de illustracionMadridGroup
2011Urban in IbizaIbizaGroup
2011Are You Looking At My BirdLondonGroup
2011Bank JobWest Bank Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Old Boots New LacesLondonGroup
2011Vamos esto va de IllustracionLanzaroteGroup
2011Reading Contemporary Art FairReadingGroup
2011Dirty FingersLondonGroup
2011UnknownRunnymede Gallery, WindsorGroup
2010Big Art ExhibitionLondonGroup
2010Double VisionVibe Bar, LondonGroup
2010Buy Art FairManchesterGroup
2010Home Art ExhibitionLondonGroup
2010Faces of the 21st CenturyLondonGroup
2010Brixton urban ArtLondonGroup
2010Vibrant ExhibitionVibe Bar, LondonGroup
2010Guerilla ExhibitionLondonGroup
2009Gifts for the GiftedGC Art, LondonGroup
2009Brixton Urban Art FairLondonGroup
2009There is HopeGV ART, LondonGroup
2008Affordable Art FairAmsterdamGroup
2008Affordable Art FairParisGroup
2008Rowan NewtonThe Union, LondonSolo
2008Red Dot Art FairNew YorkGroup
2007Bridge Art FairMiamiGroup
2007Affordable Art FairAmsterdamGroup
2007Bridge Art FairLondonGroup
2007GV Art Home AssemblageLondonGroup
2007Affordable Art FairNew YorkGroup
2007Affordable Art FairLondonGroup
2006Rowan NewtonLondonSolo
2006Brixton Urban Art FairLondonGroup
2005Brixton Urban Art FairLondonGroup