Class: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
March 25, 27, 29; April 1, 3, 5
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Instruction time
1 to 4 p.m. – Open studio time
Alexander Newley will teach how abstraction and representation can interpenetrate and enrich each other. Each student will produce a large-scale work in oils or acrylics by the end of the course. It can be figure/portrait- based, still-life based or landscape-based, depending on the inclinations of the student. Alexander Newley is a popular and charismatic artist, committed to making this class a really collaborative effort — and enjoyable in every way. This class is for students at all experience levels, and it will inspire you either to make a start on your skills as a painter or guide you to further develop and stretch your existing talent.
Beyer Artist-in-Residence Alexander Newley
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.