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Elizabeth Newman
‘Loss of World’
24 Aug.–23 Sep.

Neon Parc is pleased to present Elizabeth Newman’s major new exhibition, ‘Loss of World’ at Neon Parc Brunswick, along with the book launches of ‘Still makin’ history’ and ‘Drawings’, two new major publications on Newman’s work, co-published by Neon Parc and Discipline.

Combining important historical drawings and watercolours with major new paintings and sculpture, ‘Loss of World’ presents an enigmatic exhibition filled with colour and emotion. Always psychologically suggestive and deeply felt, Newman’s exhibition explores the allure and depth of the monochrome and the found object, utlizing deft, matter-of-fact visual languages.

Newman’s practice is known for her long-term engagement with the tensions between the geometric and the gestural, and combines text, colour and abstraction in open ended ways. Evocative yet elusive, Newman’s work taps into streams of thought and feeling within the viewer. Flirting with humour and language, her artworks confront contemporary life and culture while also referencing the art-historical precedents of modernism. The sculptures, drawings, paintings and watercolours brought together here show the breadth of her endeavour and the emphasis on materiality and process which remains throughout.

Coinciding with the opening event is the launch of two new major publications of Elizabeth Newman’s work titled ‘Still makin’ history’ and ‘Drawings’. Co-published by Neon Parc and Discipline, ‘Still makin’ history’ reproduces two essays by Francis Plagne which cover different crucial time-periods of Newman’s practice. ‘Drawings’ features a new essay by Erik Jensen and an interview between Helen Hughes, Francis Plagne and Elizabeth Newman which traces the links between Newman’s drawing practice and wider oeuvre.

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Biography Elizabeth Newman

Born in 1962, Elizabeth Newman has been making and exhibiting art throughout Australia and overseas since the 1980s. A painter by training, she expanded her practice over the years to include wall works, objects, text-based works and writing. Her innovative and experimental work has been of significant influence upon her contemporaries and, further, on younger generations of artists who regard her practice as exemplary. Newman’s work is regarded as a significant advance to formalist-conceptualist discourse in Australia, and her writing is turned to as incisive articulations of this aesthetic and psychological terrain. Her broader conception of practice has also been influential and has seen her working beyond an individual subjective position as collaborator, project-space board member, and vocal and intellectually rigorous member of the art community.

Elizabeth Newman has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Un-titled: Elizabeth Newman’ Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2022; ‘Elizabeth Newman: Is that a ‘No’?’, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, 2020; ‘Elizabeth Newman’, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2019; ‘So many lights and so much darkness’, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2018; ‘Mira Gojak / Elizabeth Newman’, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2017; ‘Elizabeth Newman: Pop Up Store’, Knulp, Sydney, 2017. The artist’s monograph ‘More than What There Is’ was published in 2013. Newman’s work is included in major Australasian public and private collections such as The National Gallery of Victoria, The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, The Kerry Stokes Collection, The Dobell Foundation Collection, The Sir James and Lady Cruthers Collection, Monash University Museum of Art, Hewlett Packard Australia and The William Bowness Collection.