Exhibition venue: 39 Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5BS (The Foundry Gallery @LeLay Architects). Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am -5pm & by appointment.
"This royal throne of kings, this sceptre'd isle...
This other Eden, demi-paradise…"
IDN's point of reference for his latest gouache paintings, This Sceptre'd Isle, is Shakespeare's Richard II. The artist's works are a journey into the British landscape. Engaging with the multi-sensory elements of the outdoors, IDN conveys a layered expression of these lingering moments, which continue to refresh in one's memory.
"At first we begin with an attachment to a particular place; where we were born and the environments to which we were, and are, exposed only to find out later that this layering of meaning has created a common sense of appreciation and worth” -The Artist
ABOUT THE ARTIST
IDN or Ian David Newman (b.1953, U.K.) trained at The Brighton School of
Art, and subsequently taught fine art. IDN creates paintings about the land
that deal with the real world of everyday experience before nature. This
comes from his belief that, in the twenty-first century, there is a tiredness in
the viewer that comes from over familiarity or white noise, and this can only
really be addressed and overcome if the artist shares visual experience in a
direct and subtle way. Today, the idea of painting landscape can appear
fraught with clichés and stereotypes -preventing the essential power and
poetry of the subject to be experienced and appreciated. The challenge
for the artist is to make afresh that which is in a state of flux, to in some way
convey the permanent sense of wonder and life affirming power to be
found in the most familiar locale.