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Charles Newington

Born in: 1950

United Kingdom

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Inventing my own visual world has taken me on many different tracks, leading to much confusion concerning identity. Most artists, with maturity, find a singular recognisable signature style. I seem to have multiple artistic / creative personalities which appear in turn when the muse comes on. One of the Charles Newingtons will be inspired to follow a direction, commissioned or imagined, to paint, draw or etch, abstract, figurative, topographical, surrealist, fantastic, primitive and gigantic images. My background from student days was as a prematurely over-specialised printmaker/etcher, immersed in alchemical techniques and concerned with the qualities of black. My thanks to Norman Ackroyd R.A. The Aquatint king, who was an inspirational teacher in the etching department at the Central school of art and who, later, put me on to the visiting lecturer circuit, teaching in many art schools in the UK, and putting me forward to take up the post of managing director of the Editions Alecto etching studio. The leading Fine Art original print publisher in London at the time. During my time there in the 1970s, I worked with many well known contemporary artists, and started Alecto Historical Editions, restoring and editioning antique copperplates for the Tate Gallery and the Society of Antiquaries. I saw the light later on, working with Patrick Procktor, who taught me how to paint with watercolour in Venice and find freedom from an addiction to the acid and the needle. Thereafter the business of making etchings became a more balanced activity alongside painting and drawing. Born 1950 in Kent. Studied at the Byam Shaw, Camberwell and Central schools of art, going on to teach etching at the Central school and lecturing at Winchester, Canterbury, Sunderland and Portsmouth schools of art. In 1976 joined Editions Alecto. A first journey to India in 1979 produced a series of large watercolours making a change in direction towards more topographical subject matter. Since then made many extensive working trips through Europe, North Africa, India , the Middle and Far East and the Americas. In 1980 set up an independent etching studio at New Crane Wharf with Chris Orr and Tom Piper. In 1982 left London and moved to Warehorne in Kent. In 1992 first visited the painted caves of Palaeolithic man in the Dordogne region of France which was a catalyst for a new visionary direction based on primal “animist “ imagery. The first solo London exhibition was in 1989 at the Newburgh Street Gallery. Since then , exhibited widely and regularly in London, UK, Europe and America until a near fatal accident in 2004. The latest exhibition was of paintings of India at the Rye Art Gallery, Sussex in 2007. Now living in Folkestone and spends the winter months in Kerala, India.
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Charles Newington, Predator, Print

Charles Newington

Predator, 2010
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Charles Newington, Dancing Beasts, Print

Charles Newington

Dancing Beasts, 2010
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


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