Elizabeth Newman’s paintings address color and surface. They explore the idea that our perception of things - visual and emotional - can be re-shaped by revealing constituent elements. Her paintings employ the push-pull of Hans Hoffman, with the aplomb of Mary Heilmann, creating different kinds of painted space, and unexpected juxtapositions of color. We see in the works, gestures reminiscent of Twombly or Lasker, that could be almost figurative, suggesting goals both abstract and representational. Newman offers articulate reflections on beauty, philosophy, and the concerns of everyday life.
Elizabeth Newman (b. 1962, Melbourne, Australia) studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia). Newman’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, Australia); the State Library of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia); Griffith University Art Museum (Brisbane, Australia); and Neon Parc (Melbourne, Australia). Her work has also been included in group shows at Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia); Australian Center for Contemporary Art (Melbourne, Australia); and Heide Museum of Modern Art (Melbourne, Australia). Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as Un Magazine, Art & Australia, Memo Review, and Art and Text. Newman lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.