March 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon (class time) and 1 to 4 p.m. (open studio)
Art is a bridge between inner and outer worlds—between the artist’s personal experience and the external, perceived world of the senses.
The Artist’s ‘vision’ colors how he or she sees this external world of objects and people, transforming and enhancing it in light of his or her own unique story.
The purpose of this class is to strengthen the bridge between the two worlds, and to allow the artist’s own story and experience to fully surface into their work.
We will use techniques of suggestion and improvised, automatic sketching—both in groups and individually—to bring out themes compelling to each artist, and to enable them to paint with heightened imagination. Great masters in this realm we will reference include Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo—all of whom were able to endow their art with a unique, personal resonance and power.
A leading contemporary portrait artist and teacher, Alexander Newley is known on both sides of the Atlantic for his iconic portrait paintings of major figures in the arts, including Gore Vidal, Billy Wilder, Christopher Reeve, Oliver Stone, and Steven Berkoff. His portrait of America’s infamous polemicist and wit, Vidal, and his dramatic triple- portrait of actor, activist, and former star of Superman, Christopher Reeve, form part of the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery at The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
His full-length portrait of Sir Nigel Hawthorne in character as Mad King George III was commissioned by the English National Theatre as the promotional image for their production of Alan Bennett’s play “The Madness of George III”. In 2006, Newley received his highest honor when his portrait of Hawthorne in character as George III was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection celebrating Theatre in the 20th century. Recent successes include his mesmeric, multi-layered “Head of Lincoln” which is now the central attraction at The Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
In 2017, he collaborated with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company to produce theatrical portraits of leading actors in Branagh’s season of plays at the Garrick Theatre, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Kenneth Branagh himself, and Sir Derek Jacobi.