Rachel Newton

I am a self taught abstract painter born in Norfolk in 1970, now living and working in London. I use a variety of media, mainly acrylics, gesso and occasionally metal leaf. I started abstract painting during a long period of chronic ill health as it provided comfort. Feeling imprisoned in my own body, it followed that my mind, perhaps as a form of self-preservation ‘hibernated’, and abstract art became the obvious and indeed only form of self expression. Inspired partly by Japanese aesthetics and its unobtrusive beauty and simplicity, the painting process proved calming during those years of illness. Emerging delicately from an apparent simple block of colour are subtle textured details evoking fresh possibilities, becoming a space of potentiality and hope. The many works being symbolic of states of mind, while serving as art therapy, and indeed even forming my identity, have increasingly made me feel uncomfortably self indulgent. As a result, recent works are less insular and explore political/social issues that frustrate/confuse me. I developed an appreciation for the qualities of certain traditional frame/furniture restoration materials in a previous role and I love to incorporate them into paintings to provide depth, texture and a complex finish. Places my work has been shown include The Affordable Art Fair, The Other Art Fair, The New Artist Fair, Contemporary Art Fairs and Sussex Art Fairs.
Rachel Newton

I am a self taught abstract painter born in Norfolk in 1970, now living and working in London. I use a variety of media, mainly acrylics, gesso and occasionally metal leaf.

I started abstract painting during a long period of chronic ill health as it provided comfort. Feeling imprisoned in my own body, it followed that my mind, perhaps as a form of self-preservation ‘hibernated’, and abstract art became the obvious and indeed only form of self expression. Inspired partly by Japanese aesthetics and its unobtrusive beauty and simplicity, the painting process proved calming during those years of illness. Emerging delicately from an apparent simple block of colour are subtle textured details evoking fresh possibilities, becoming a space of potentiality and hope. The many works being symbolic of states of mind, while serving as art therapy, and indeed even forming my identity, have increasingly made me feel uncomfortably self indulgent. As a result, recent works are less insular and explore political/social issues that frustrate/confuse me.

I developed an appreciation for the qualities of certain traditional frame/furniture restoration materials in a previous role and I love to incorporate them into paintings to provide depth, texture and a complex finish.

Places my work has been shown include The Affordable Art Fair, The Other Art Fair, The New Artist Fair, Contemporary Art Fairs and Sussex Art Fairs.

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