First show in China in Taining County
Alexander Newley’s China debut will open on September 20 in Taining County in Sanming City in the Fujian Province. A diverse collection of his works will feature, including self portraiture, abstraction, and the New York cityscape on canvas.
The works of self portraiture, always of pivotal importance in Newley’s painting, will include ‘Boy At A Window’ and ‘Self-Portrait of Myself as a child’.
Alexander has always moved fluidly between representation and abstract painting:
A life long fascination with “the shadow side of human nature, where the forgotten treasure lies, the wild, untameable self” is shown in Alexander’s paintings featuring dragons, representing the search for the lost self. This fugitive self is reconciled with the world through art – at which point, Alexander says, a more complete picture of the human being can emerge, along with an enlarged sense of beauty.
‘WALTZING WITH THE DRAGON’
‘DRAGON DRAWING 3’
A move from Los Angeles to New York City in 2000 inspired a series of works featuring the city, the paintings having an almost prophetic quality in their energy and upheaval regarding 9/11.
‘CENTRAL PARK WINTER, NYC’
‘CITY STUDY 2’
Other paintings included in this show include striking studies of the human head, weaving together abstract and representational techniques to expose the nerves and veins beneath the skin, “the tree of vitality that is everywhere in life.”
‘WITNESS TO THE WORLD’S DISGRACE’
‘LARGE GREEN WITNESS’
Mr Lai is “proud to present this exhibition of Alexander Newley’s work, an artist who is already leaving his mark on the history of art in our time.”