NYC artist Douglas Newton’s amazing translucency, ‘There’s no trick to it’
With emphasis on light, color, texture, and atmosphere, New York based artist Douglas Newton brings to life ordinary objects with innocent intensity. He humbly simplifies his work as “no trick to it,” but his wonderfully lumpy candy embodies spell-binding power of translucency and amazement.
Newton intensifies the impact of ordinary, drugstore candy by bringing front and center transparent cellophane and colorful foil wrapper details. He carefully observes values, and creates illusions that is nothing if not electrifying, its pleasures jolting and eye-opening.
“The unexpected beauty in everything around us inspires me to paint and draw. To capture the essence, not just the surface appearance.”
Newton’s illusion of form with light and shadow is created with a mostly wet-on-wet technique. First blocking in his subject and building values, Newton then layers details with thick, impressionable brush strokes using sparingly thinned oil paint on canvas.
After majoring in economics at Stanford University, Newton studied commercial art at the Art Center College of Design, and he trained as an art director in Los Angeles before moving to New York City thirty years ago. He began a career painting cityscapes, surrealism, and still life before evolving to heightened realism.
“The hardest challenge was finding a personal style. For about ten years I painted in a surrealistic style and had some success with it. Eventually, I evolved into painting everyday objects including food and candy with the focus on light, transparency, translucency, reflections and color.”
Newton’s popular art series moves quickly, as he allows market-savvy collectors to experience his art at a budget-friendly price before they buy. Through New York City online gallery, Artsicle, he rents paintings with an option to buy.
Newton lives with his wife of 40 years and his multi-generational family in a Brooklyn brownstone that supports stability, security, and happiness.
Swedish based Mirca Art Group chose to feature Newton’s surreal, aerial perspective painting “Self” for the ‘Planet Earth, Planet Art’ book for Friends of the Earth International. Upcoming shows of his most popular art – classic American candy – include Brooklyn’s SONYA Studio Stroll June 8 and 9 and Guild Gallery II (Hudson Guild Gallery) at Fulton Center September 12 to November 12.
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Newton’s Advise to artists: Draw a lot, paint a lot, take life drawing classes, paint nudes, read books on technique, enjoy it…There’s no trick to it.