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Figurative Expressionism: Art by Jeffrey Newman


A painting of a strange cartoon duckan.odd.duck, acrylic on canvas

Jeffrey Newman creates paintings based around an aesthetic of abstract and figurative expressionism, combining techniques of drip-painting, landscape painting, and text elements into works that have an aura of spirituality and introspection.


A painting of a red sky with black silhouetted treesblood red sky, acrylic on canvas

 

Jeffrey’s portfolio, “NuISMS” is packed with works in a warm color palette that strikes me as quite inviting. The artist imbues every one of his works with an intense sense of energy, one that’s rather infectious. Even in works where the abstraction is reigned in in favor of a figurative subject, like in Jeffrey’s landscapes, the sense of energy shines through in the occasional splash of paint or quick, gestural moment.


A screen capture of Jeffrey Newman's art websiteJeffrey's art portfolio website, www.nuisms.com

 

Speaking of landscapes, I do really enjoy this series on Jeffrey’s portfolio website. The very splashy, textural way in which the artist renders trees and skylines is somehow satisfying. In some works, the layers of small brush marks take on a pointillist aesthetic, and become reminiscent of works by Lawrie Dignan, or Douglas Moulden.


A painting of a forest in yellow tonesbishops fall, acrylic on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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