Newsome presents these elements of contemporary culture in traditional settings in the historic flavor, creating works that amaze by unusual juxtapositions. "It really is part of the generation that is pop music is," said Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1. "It puts everything in the blender to make it his own."
Newsome has used the coat of arms as a means of transmitting a symbol of contemporary African-American culture, forging a relationship with the rituals and iconography of European aristocracy. "I want to create abstractions from the trappings of wealth and power signs that have their roots in heraldry, but play with the principles of Baroque plastic".