John Newman was born in 1952 in Flushing, New York and now lives in New York City. Newman makes rich, complicated sculpture. He brings materials and techniques used by local artisans from around the world to make concentrated and intricate objects. Sisal and bark, braided copper wire, rice paper and paste are fashioned into substantial, aggregated forms. “He is impelled by and urges his viewers to consider, ‘an intimate rapport with objects’”.
Newman’s drawings and prints compress the role of drawing and sculpture. He depicts illusionistic spaces and forms that defy physical laws, like Piranesi’s visionary architecture. In 2002, Newman made two lithographs, “Bluish Free Fall” and “Rusty Curtain Lecture”, and a group of hand-colored monotypes. He was awarded a Prixe de Rome fellowship in 2003/2004.