John Newberry: New Colour Compositions

23 Sep 2019 – 5 Oct 2019

Event times

Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm
Sat 12pm – 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

Cost of entry

Admission Free

The North Wall Arts Centre

Oxford, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 10 mins by bus from central Oxford; 15 mins on bike

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Ruskin master returns to Oxford with oil paintings of people in everyday life


Thirty years after leaving his teaching post at the Ruskin School, John Newberry returns to Oxford with an exhibition of figurative oil paintings. They demonstrate his search for an alternative to perspective in large paintings – the use of Parallel Projection – and of colour to construct forms and space without shadows.

Japanese prints give inspiration for the flat colour shapes, for the subject matter of everyday life and for the diptychs where movement springs from the changes between one panel and the next. Animated scenes include football, crowds (such as the “Westgate” diptych), builders on scaffolding, biblical episodes and the harsh reality of world events.

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