Although our journeys are not the same – there are common threads that connect us. Ken Newman has chosen to share and express through sculpture a lived journey, a small window into a living history. As our world changes, a sense of loss emerges – a distancing from our immediate past and a separation from nature. The desire to share these observations has become the motivation in creating art.
As artists, each have a responsibility to capture or interpret current attitudes and their influences, to document and create dialog. Without artists, who visually captures the uniqueness of society? If artists don’t interpret and capture it, time has proven, it will be gone tomorrow.
There are no political agendas, just a story of reflection on one’s influences and journeys, a show of respect for the simple and subtle rhythms and elements in life, as they are in nature.
Beauty and symmetry are sculpturally wonderful, Ken seems to be drawn to the struggles of life, sometimes difficult to share, but important to embrace. The struggle builds character and perseverance, qualities he admires and that inspires insightful sculptural stories for others to explore and contemplate.
Representational sculpture was not a choice but a natural extension of Ken’s sculpture journey. An independent wood sculpture class in college was the catalyst in exploring and developing his unique and dynamic style – creating balance and movement in three dimensions.
The forms, shapes and gestures of Ken Newman’s sculptures are expressions of internal and external influences, not that of a model or photograph. Somewhat stylized to convey movement and emotion rather than anatomical accuracy, details are meant as a distraction for the eye, a reaffirmation of the story and not meant to attain perfection. Expressing subtle elements and textures has opened the creative process for Ken to explore the use of different materials to better express these nuances that spark interpretation.
The lost wax process in casting bronze is time consuming, each of his bronze sculptures are cast at a professional full-service foundry and are inspected by Ken, even the smallest castings. His signature patinas involve traditional acids, which are applied by the foundry under his direction. Over the years, Ken continue to explore different materials including; steel, carved wood, marble and stone.
From small intimate birds to life-size figurative sculptures, Ken Newman’s narrative has evolved, and his sculptures are sought after by those who are looking for something a little different and unique for their collection.
Ken Newman says “When purchasing a sculpture, a reminder; it should not just fit, but the composition, posture and attitude, should command the space.”
Although born and raised on the north coast of California, Ken and Debbie now call Idaho home. For the have past 17 years they have migrating over 32,000 miles a year ~ Sculpting on the Road. These travels and the connections, both personal and professional, have great significance on who Ken is as a sculptor.
Ken Newman is an elected member of the New York based National Sculpture Society, the Allied Artists of America, the Society of Animal Artists and the Audubon Artists. His wildlife and figurative sculptures have been juried into over 65 museum and art exhibitions and are in private and public collections throughout the US and Canada.
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