John Newman makes sculptures that are, in essence, assemblages of several disparate specific objects and materials. He may, for instance, combine wicker, cast metal, tulle, gilded paper, gauze, glass and rope to make highly unique intimate forms that draw on but transcend cultural references, and speak to the universe of intangibles such as warped space, time, sound and light travel, while at the same time compelling a kind of spiritual and intellectual focus.
As his sculptures reflect the organic and fluid nature of drawing, his drawings and prints compress and then reactivate the shapes and movement on the 2 dimensional surface. The lithograph Three Categories: Black & White & Lying reflects some of the process he goes through in evolving a finished image.
A major national and international exhibitor, his work is in numerous major public and private collections.