The art and craft of Jonathan Newdick

The Wylye
Graphite on paper
790 x 1140 mm
2006

We discovered the work of Jonathan Newdick through good friends, and then spent a happy hour or two exploring his website, not only the beautiful drawings and prints (such as the example above) but also the writings collected there. Jonathan kindly agreed to let us re-produce some of his work on Under a Grey Sky, and there are some more drawings below and a biography from his website. I think they are wonderfully atmospheric, and we hope that you enjoy them too.

Landscape 971
Pastel on paper
22 x 30 inches
2008

Field barn, Sussex
Pastel on card
562 x 815 mm
2005

Landscape 972
Pastel on paper
22 x 30 inches
2008

About Jonathan Newdick:

‘I don’t make drawings of things − I make drawings about things.’

Jonathan Newdick worked for some years as a designer in Fleet Street before turning to drawing and printmaking in the 1990s. Although he uses a variety of media his work is almost invariably on paper and he has always described it as ‘drawing’. In recent years he has turned his attention to writing (often combined with etching) and has become increasingly interested in the relationships between word and image, yet, even when he writes, he still regards it as a discipline of drawing.

His work, always to some degree experimental, is nevertheless rooted in tradition and can be found in both public and private collections throughout Europe and the USA. Although he finds travelling a constant source of inspiration it is not something he particularly enjoys, and he never flies, which he sees both as a symptom and a result of the restlessness which pervade our lives. So, when he goes from his home in Sussex to Venice, where he also works, he always travels by train, preferably a slow and indirect one.

Please take some time to explore his website, and we are both proud and excited about showcasing more of his work in the future.

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