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David Newens' principal art training was at the Glasgow School of Art in the late 70’s and early 80’s. After a career in engineering management, strategic planning and property development, the artist now devotes most of his time to painting.
 
Education   The Glasgow School of Art
 
Awards   1992 - Heatherley School of Fine Art Award, Westminster Central Hall
 
Group Exhibitions   Group exhibitions have included:  
Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions  
Royal Society of Portrait Painters  
Royal Institute of Oil Painters  
New English Art Club  
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists  
Waterman Fine Art
 
Artist's Statement   “Portraiture presents a continuing, fascinating challenge of carefully describing form through tone and colour to achieve a likeness; and, at the same time, producing a harmoniously balanced painting.”
 
 

Statement      Approach  
 
A portrait Commission needs to be considered as a joint project between the artist and the sitter, with the objective of meeting the expectations of the client (possibly the sitter, but often a relative, company or institute).  
 
I vary my approach considerably and I am prepared to be flexible to meet the requirements of the client. For example, an institute may specify very precise requirements regarding size, format, dress, etc. in order to be compatible with other portraits. Nevertheless, even within tight specifications, my aim is not soley to achieve a satisfactory likeness, but to produce a good painting in terms of composition, colour harmonies and tonal balance.  
 
Painting from life or photographs  
 
I am happy to paint 100% from life; solely from photographs (subject to satisfactory photographs); or more often, from a mixture of both. As the sitter many only be able to commit a limited amount of time to the project, this factor can dictate the approach. My preference is to undertake at least a life study of the head. This provides for better colour information than any photographs. Rather than a purist, time consuming for the sitter, life painting of clothing and folds (which change everytime the sitter has a break), I would generally work these elements up from photos.  
 
Location  
 
This can be at a location determined by the client / sitter or at my studio in Milton Keynes. The majority of clients / sitters wish to be painted in their own surroundings. I like the challenge of painting in different locations. A key issue I would stress is lighting. Wherever possible, natural consistant lighting is preferable i.e. light from a window facing a northerly direction. Artificial lighting tends to give a warm cast and the cooler colours in the subject are lost.

 

Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 2000    $null
Half LengthFrom £ 3500 $null
3/4 LengthFrom £ 5000 $null
Full LengthFrom £ 7000 $null
Double PortraitFrom £ 10000 $null
Group PortraitFrom £ 10000 $null
 
 
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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