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Mountain Size

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I’m delighted to be taking part in painting exhibition Mountain Size with the Contemporary British Painting group, curated by Gordon Dalton and the team at the Pineapple Black gallery in Middleborough. Open 1-30th Nov and related talks during its duration as part of the Conversations in Painting festival. Van study xi is parking up there in the exhibition.

Mountain Size features artists whose work has a relationship to landscape, as well as to the history, legacy and traditions of painting itself. This does not mean it is divorced from the wider realities around it or a fruitful critical dialogue with other art forms, but that painting itself is mountain sized, a large, seemingly immovable force yet one that is changeable with time.

Karl Bielik | Paula MacArthur | Stephen Snoddy | Amanda Ansell | Judith Tucker | Alison Pilkington | D J Manley | Simon Carter | Narbi Price | Pen Dalton | Matthew Krishanu | Cara Nahaul | Sam Douglas | Joe Packer | Mandy Payne | Julian Brown | Sean Williams | Freya Purdue | Greg Rook | Jeff Dellow | Gordon Dalton | Andrew Crane | Barbara Pierson | Natalie Dowse | Paul Newman

Aleph Contemporary

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I proud to be represented by newly launched Aleph Contemporary

Along with the following exciting artists

@alephcontemporary is a new London art gallery, excited to be presenting: @michaelajerman @willardboepple @helen_brough @trevorburgesspaintings @christyburdock @benwestleyclarke @dan.coombs @michael_coppelov @jacopo_dal_bello @gordondalton666 #nelsondiplexcito @oliverdorrell @archie.franks @holly_froy @joana.galego @alastair_gordon @al_goughy @leejohnsonstudio @zebedeejonespaintings @philkingart #dominiclewis @kathrynmaple @enzomarraart @rebecca_meanley @paulhnewman @joe_packer_ @miroslavpomichal @katiepratt_artist @hrogers275 @d_silva_ @ruth.helen.smith @neasdencontrolcentre @jakobsteiger @stubbs3198 @mircea.teleaga @linutzon @im_na_naina @jaime__valtierra @grant_watson_paintings @tess_williams_studio @jessicapaints @lucie_winterson #markwright #alephcontemporary


Its not the end of the world at Zeitgeist Baby

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‘It’s Not the End of the World’ a large mixed media collage 2017-19 gets its exhibition premiere at Zeitgeist Baby

Curated by Helen Grundy & Paul Johnson at Art Rooms Kings Heath

Art Bank contemporary fine art in a derelict setting.
selected artists playfully exploring the chasm between beauty queen glamour and decay/abjection.

Featuring; Elena Cassidy-Smith, Molly Cleaver, Gregoire Dupond, Helen Grundy, Dave Hilliard, Paul Johnson, James Mc Farlane, Paul Newman, Astrid Spangle, Emma Trimble, Varioust Artist, Agnes Villette, Leigh Whurr




Don’t Try this at Home

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Van study’s are on tour at 404 space in Worcester as the feature wall work in ‘Don’t try this at Home’ curated by Paul Johnson.

Artists on show: Rosie Dowd-Smyth, Jenna Fox, Jean Freeman, Helen Grundy, Paul johnson, James Middleton, Jain My, Paul Newman, Lexi Straus, Emma Tremble.

Frank, the fly & vanscapes

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Presenting a selection of work from Paul Newman’s English Gothic series; a tableaux of 18th – 21st c references including; concrete architecture, historical landscape painting and cinematic monsters. The paintings explore anxieties of rabid urban renewal in the surrounding city centre and themes of psychological isolation.

The Showcase Gallery, Jubilee Trade Centre, Birmingham B5 6ND. Open day Friday 3rd May 3-8pm. Open other times by appointment, contact the artist.

Made in Britain in Poland

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Brundle Fly II and me are both proud to be part of

Made in Britain | 82 Painters of the 21st Century | The National Museum, Gdansk | 14 March – 2 June 2019

Curated by Robert Priseman, Anna McNay, Taraszkiewicz-Zwolicka and Małgorzata Ruszkowska-Macur

With: David Ainley, Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Louis Appleby, Richard Baker, Karl Bielik , Claudia Böse, John Brennan , Julian Brown, Simon Burton , Ruth Calland, Emma Cameron , Simon Carter, Maria Chevska, Jules Clarke, Wayne Clough, Ben Coode-Adams, Ben Cove, Lucy Cox, Andrew Crane, Pen Dalton, Alan Davie, Jeffrey Dennis, Lisa Denyer, Sam Douglas, Annabel Dover, Natalie Dowse, Fiona Eastwood, Nathan Eastwood, Tracey Emin, Geraint Evans, Paul Galyer, Pippa Gatty, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Susie Hamilton, Alex Hanna, David Hockney, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Linda Ingham, Silvie Jacobi, Kelly Jayne, Matthew Krishanu, Bryan Lavelle, Andrew Litten, Cathy Lomax, Paula MacArthur, David Manley, Enzo Marra, Monica Metsers, Nicholas Middleton, Andrew Munoz, Keith Murdoch, Paul Newman, Stephen Newton, Gideon Pain, Andrew Parkinson, Mandy Payne, Charley Peters, Ruth Philo, Alison Pilkington, Narbi Price, Robert Priseman, Freya Purdue, James Quin, Greg Rook, Katherine Russell, Stephen Snoddy, Ben Snowden, David Sullivan, Harvey Taylor, Molly Thomson, Ehryn Torrell, Judith Tucker, Philip Tyler, Julie Umerle, Marius von Brasch, Mary Webb , Sean Williams, Fionn Wilson

Paintings exhibited from The Priseman Seabrook collection


Don’t be Afraid…

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The Very first collaboration by Mr & Mrs Newman! My brilliant wife and artist Nita Newman Don’t be afraid is a homage to the Universal Frankenstein movies, silent movies and Tableau vivante.  Part of Collaborasaurus curated by Alex Billingham at Vivid on Fri 2nd Nov. Other performances by: Emily Scarrott & Tom Kilby, Marcud Keating & Friends, David Checkley & Aleksandere Wojtulewicz. We were delighted and challenged to take part.  Hope it didn’t creep y’all out…

Photos 1-6 by Marcin Sz, 7-8 by Sanna Javid, 9-10 by Vicky Roden

English Gothic talk & installation views

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Thanks to all who came to the talk from a suitcase on Jan 31st 2018 at Artefact on and for the conversations afterwards.

English Gothic Opening night

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Friday 12th January 2018 7.30 -9.30 pm

Thankyou  from Artefact to everyone who came along to English Gothic Show tonight. It was a wonderful way to begin 2018.

Artist talk about English Gothic and my work in general; Friday 31st January 7 pm


English Gothic in Strichley

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Artefact is very proud to present our first show of 2018: English Gothic. PV Fri 12th Jan 7.30 – 10 pm

English Gothic is a new series of paintings by Birmingham based artist Paul Newman. The works imaginatively combine motifs and reference points from 18th & 19th-century landscapes with 20th-century industry, architecture and Gothic horror. These references create a tableau, the figurative elements become props in a stage, a landscape in flux.

The imagery is heavily biographical drawing from various memories throughout Newman’s life. Newman’s fathers white Ford Escort van, the Salisbury wing in the national gallery, rural walks. The work may generate political and cultural themes around relics of heritage and urban/rural environment.

Doors open from 7.30pm until 10.30pm. English Gothic by Paul Newman will be on show until Saturday 3rd February. Child-friendly

Open Wednesday and Saturday 11am -5pm  Thursday and Friday 11am – 10pm * Closed at 6pm on the First Friday of the month for the taxi to Digbeth First Friday  1464 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NT We are wonderful mix of poetry, art, home-made cakes and coffee in Stirchley, Birmingham.