Clio Newton is an internationally recognized artist who combines traditional technique with a contemporary perspective. Newton’s approach to her compositions comes from the standpoint of the “female gaze” reflecting her interest in contemporary models of femininity and the representation of women in art and culture. Newton’s renderings in compressed charcoal feature larger-than-life, figurative subjects - often solo sitters - who fill the picture plane and beyond. Her works are remarkably realistic compositions informed by bold choices and her interest in the uncanny.
American-born Clio Newton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Cooper Union in New York City and a Masters of Fine Arts at Zürcher Hochschule der Kunste in Zürich, Switzerland. She has additional studies at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She was awarded the AKKU Artist in Residency grant in Zürich and was selected as one of the top young artists in Europe by Artagon in Paris. Newton is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant Award and has exhibited her work in California, Miami, New England and New York as well as in Florence, Italy; Munich, Paris and Zürich. Most recently, Newton’s work has been added to the collections of The Flint Institute, Flint, MI, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY and the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD. Her studio is located in Zürich, Switzerland, where she resides.
Clio Newton is represented by Forum Gallery. Her debut solo exhibition at the gallery was on view from September 26 – November 9, 2019.
NOW WE MEET AGAIN: A Connected Creative Project from Clio Newton and Forum Gallery
At this moment, when all of us are distanced from each other, we are looking for ways to connect; to bring collectors with a passion for art together with the artists that make the art they love.
We begin by offering a unique opportunity for involvement in the creative process. Here is how you can take part in the creation of a work of art that will be with you forever.
Clio Newton has an incredible ability to create compelling portraits in charcoal. The seductive quality of her gestural marks and her contemporary use of negative space combine to set her work apart from any other; viewed from afar or seen up close, the images are unforgettable. Now we offer the opportunity to have this gifted artist make a drawing of a person you choose; yourself, your husband, wife, child, or someone else close to you that you would like to see every day. You will make the introduction, and Clio Newton will make the drawing.
Here’s what we propose. Let us know of your interest in this program, and we’ll speak to Clio about it. We will come back to you with a proposal, and once there is an agreement, we will connect you with Clio for a personal consultation. The consultation will take place using a Portal, an advanced device that we will send you free of charge. The Portal provides a rich and vivid, dynamic video connection; it’s like being in the same room. You’ll speak with Clio and introduce her to the subject, by photograph or live in real time, and you can discuss what this person means to you and why. You can discuss size and show Clio the place you have in mind for the drawing.
After your consultation, Clio will go to work. Over an agreed time frame, she will create a drawing that speaks to your own involvement as well as the beauty and meaning of the subject.
Think about it. Working on a project like this can be the best kind of diversion, and we can all use one at this moment. Let’s make this time a special chance to express our love of art and experience a new, interactive relationship.
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