|Golightly, Oil on Canvas|
|December 1-10, 2011|
|Thursday, December 8, 6:00-10:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro at 7:30PM|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present, Unwrapped, a solo exhibition of realistic paintings by Douglas Newton. Newton's paintings use candy, food and other ordinary objects, juxtaposed in fresh, unexpected ways. He captures the colors and textures of objects in oil paint, without following the usual conventions of still life painting.
The paintings are all done directly from nature in oil on canvas. No photographs are used. Newtonfeels that the eye sees many more subtle nuances in light and shadow, than the camera registers. Also, real, three-dimensional objects are much more inspiring to work from than a flat image.
Brilliant color is also a signature quality of the paintings of candy. Oil paint best captures the magical quality of light, with all its attendant reflections, shadows, and subtle graduations of tone. In all these paintings, his emphasis is on color, texture and atmosphere, which give his paintings a delicate soft touch.
Douglas Newton has been actively painting for over thirty years. His style has evolved from surrealistic landscapes of the American suburbs to his present, more realistic, paintings of candy, food, household objects and toys. He graduated from Stanford University, and then attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, to prepare for a career in advertising design. He is now painting full time, and has had one person shows in Princeton, New Jersey and Woodstock, New York, as well as participated in many group shows in galleries and museums. His paintings can be found in many private collections. Newtonlives and works in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He is married to Kathleen Migliore-Newton, also an artist.