During my search for talented artists and incredible paintings, I found Andrew Newton’s hyperrealist-series from 2007 – 2010 for which, as I figured out later on, he won the Royal Institute of Oil painters 1st prize Winsor and Newton Award. Inspired by his skills I wanted to know more about this amazing painter and asked him for an interview. For more information check out his website www.andrewnewtonart.co.uk.
Whom do you look up to?
Well I kind of look up to people who are individualistic, non comformist characters. I respect people who are not afraid to stand alone in their view point and can promote a passionate authentic response. I mainly look up to innovators and artisans, from film directors, song writers to Philosophers.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I think certain painters such as Chuck Close, Gerhard Richter and Francis Bacon had an impact on my artistic slant early on in my career. Their perspectives eventhough constrasting are all associated with the human condition and the existentialist experience first hand. Song writers such as Morrissey and film directors like Kubrick – I also found a growing awareness for their work relating to my arts identity in meaning and symbolism. Talking of specific film works, John Carpenter’s “They Live”, Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull”, to just name a few, have been known to inpsire my aesthetic to some of my ideas.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A passionate, creative organism, living constantly in experience and sensation.
How did your art career start? What made you want to become an artist?
I always drew from an early age, I knew I was good at it and had a strong technical skill. During school I saw an artist’s work online called Bill Pruit, his work was paintings of celebrities and famous icons, his realism was very good and I knew I wanted to paint just like him. Sooner or later I was painting large-scale star portraits and experimenting with portraiture in college. I always knew I wanted to paint people, it was something about the reflection of the human form I liked. How I could paint film stars or relatives and still have a unique intrinsic emotion within me while creating it.
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
The creation of something which vitalises the human spirit, awakens the senses almost as if someone chucked cold water over your head and said ‘Hey, take a look at this’.
What is your favourite quote?
“Society exists only as a mental concept; in real world there are only individuals” – Oscar Wilde
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
I think it’s breaking into new groud, or trying to. It’s always the hardest thing to do, to turn away from your comfort zone and try something new artisitcally. This happened to me in 2011 when I started producing strict abstract works. While I did get some negative comments on them initially, I pursued and developed my style and I now combine my new learned methods with my realist works today. The competative nature of the art world is hard. I do believe pushing yourself eventhough is an important thing and can be the toughest also.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
I don’t think I could ever give up my passion of art. I have other interests such as psychology where in this area I do plan on studying an MA to become an art therapist. However I do always believe that fine art will be in me always, as creating for me is a release. I don’t think I could go too long without creating something or the banality of everyday life would drain me towards depression.