Ray Masters

A catalogue piece written by Ray Masters for a show I did in Lincoln in 1986.

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A great tutor and friend who sadly passed away recently.  He will be greatly missed.

Steve Newton.

 

Life in the Abstract

“I soon ran out of shapes and turned instead to the real world…”

This extraordinary and controversial exhibition of paintings that opens this weekend, follows immediately on from Newton’s highly successful showing at The London Art Fair last week. His work attracted much attention in London and amongst the many sales work was purchased by The Serpentine Gallery.

Newton’s images repay close scrutiny for what at first might seem the work of an untrained and primitive artist slowly reveals content of great intelligence and depth reflecting Newtons unique and individual approach to making his own particular spatial environments.

Stephen Newton is the highly acclaimed author of three books which relate psychoanalysis to art, spirituality and primitivism. Copies of his books can be viewed and purchased at the gallery during the exhibition.

Running alongside this one-person exhibition gallery two has a small and very select exhibition of work by Russell Lumb, Bren Head and Janet Cox. The gallery also contains a small group of ceramic works from gallery artists.

The exhibition runs until March 3rd and the gallery is open Friday to Sunday each week from 11am to 4pm. Access at other times can be made through prior arrangement with Studio Eleven.

The show includes a mixed – media collection by Eleven Gallery Artists.

Visit the Studio 11 Gallery here.

Abbey Walk Winter Exhibition Review 2013.

“I enjoyed the exhibition, an interesting array of styles, mediums and artists. I did find myself particularly transfixed though.
The oil paintings by Stephen Newton . . . simply stunning, I simply couldn’t stop looking at Window onto a Street with the nagging question of ‘what makes this so good?’

I’m not going to try and define Stephen Newton’s work, it’s beyond my expertise and vocabulary – I can’t even tell you what makes them so good in layman’s terms, all I can say is they bowled me over – simply stunning.”

– Rod Collins.

Studio 11 Gallery – Hull. The New City of Culture 2017.

The moment Hull was recently named the UK’s next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017, Stephen Newton was invited to exhibit his work in the cutting edge contemporary gallery at Studio 11.

Studio 11 fronts Humber Street close to Hull Marina and in the heart of the  Fruitmarket cultural quarter. It is a short walk from the spectacular Deep, Ferens Art Gallery and the old High Street museum area and close to the Humber estuary.

Newton’s work will be exhibited from 25th January – 2nd March 2014.

Abbot Hall Gallery, Cumbria.

Stephen Newton’s drawing accepted in to Abbot Hall Gallery collection.

The Gallery is housed in one of Kendal’s most important buildings, a Grade I listed villa, on the banks of the River Kent. The galleries offer two floors of light-filled spaces in which to see art.

Abbot Hall has a comprehensive collection of George Romney’s work. His paintings are hung in the elegant historical settings for which they were painted, amongst fine 18th-century furniture and porcelain.

Watercolours are shown in a small gallery reminiscent of a collector’s private room, with regularly changing displays that allow a Turner to be seen alongside a Ruskin or a Constable sketch next to works by the likes of Cotman, Cozens and Edward Lear.

Abbot Hall has been one of the most active galleries collecting British art in recent years and important works have been acquired, ranging from a Turner watercolour of Windermere to portraits by Stanley Spencer and abstract paintings by Bridget Riley and Sean Scully. Abbot Hall has also secured some spectacular long-term loans, including works by Constable, L. S. Lowry and Lucian Freud.

As well as a fine permanent collection, Abbot Hall is acknowledged as having one of the most imaginative and independently minded temporary exhibition programmes outside London.

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Newton’s Drawing in Pencil & Oil Wax Crayon accepted in to the Abbott Hall Gallery collection.

For more information on Abbot Hall Gallery click here.

 

Rugby Art Gallery.

Stephen Newton’s Drawing has been accepted in to the Rugby Art Gallery collection of Works on Paper.

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newton-11-13-18-2

The Gallery holds a significant collection of 20th Century British painting, including major works by artists such as Kossof, Freud (work on paper), Hambling, Wood, Wyndham Lewis, Craigie Aitchison, L S Lowrey, Stanley Spenser, Bridget Riley (work on paper), Paula Rego and Barbara Hepworth.

 

 

Museum Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

Stephen Newton’s painting: Self-Portrait by a Mirror (60x54in) 2011, has been included in the new museum collection of 21st Century British Painting at Swindon Art Gallery.

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Self-Portrait by a Mirror (60x54in) 2011
Robert Priseman generously commented to Stephen Newton: ‘It was on seeing your stunning work at UCS that we gained the confidence to propose you again
for this second collection.’

Work in new East Contemporary Arts Collection.

Three works have been included in the New East Contemporary Arts Collection at the Waterfront Gallery of the University Campus Sussex. They are:

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Room at Night (76x110in) 2003
Window (38x40in) 2000
Window (38x40in) 2000
Woman Resting at Night (48x42in) 2012
Woman Resting at Night (48x42in) 2012

 

The curator Robert Priseman says:
‘The East Contemporary Art Collection is home to some of the very best contemporary art held in East Anglia. It provides a gateway for anyone who wishes to see some of the finest examples of work by artists of national and international importance living and working in the East of England today.’
Also, the painting: Self-Portrait by a Mirror (60x54in) 2011, has been included in the new museum collection of 21st Century British Painting at Swindon Art Gallery. Robert Priseman generously commented to Stephen Newton: ‘It was on seeing your stunning work at UCS that we gained the confidence to propose you again
for this second collection.’