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Chaotic Colour: Jeffrey Newman

acrylic painting of a city with black paint. The background is a rainbow of colors painted in vertical stripesDiverse City, acrylic on canvas

Today’s artist, Jeffrey Newman, is a painter whose art portfolio is filled with frenetic, paint-splattered abstract images that I find to be at once dark and playful.


words and paint on paperMy Feelings Embarrass Me, mixed media on paper


Jeffrey’s works range from densely packed canvases that are entirely coated in paint, to those he has left almost completely white, with lines of dripped paint crossing the surface. Some of these works could be easily interpreted as homage to the work of Jackson Pollock, but Jeffrey sets himself apart in his use of varying brush techniques and chaotic colour, as well as his occasional employment of figure and even text.

blue and red paint splashes on paperUntitled 5.1, mixed media on paper

Jeffrey’s use of text is particularly interesting. Like strange messages scrawled on the walls of some abandoned building, the words and sentences seem almost to be fragments of a longer text, leaving me wondering if there is some hidden meaning in them.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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