Val Newman Landscapes

                      (and family history landscapes)


I have been painting now for about 15 years and I love it.  Before that I ran my own pottery business, making figurines and cottages by hand on a theme of fairy tales and Victorian life.


I work in various mediums:  acrylic, oil, watercolour and mixed media.  My sketchbooks are mainly water colour with added pencil work.  I prefer to paint outside in the landscape, but if this is not possible I work in my studio from sketches and photographs. I try to capture the magical effect that light (or the absence of it) produces.


I like my work to look bright and contemporary.  Apart from landscapes, I like to tell a story.  Currently I am working on setting fairy tales in a current-day setting, starting with Little Red Riding Hood.



Exhibitions include: RWA Drawn Exhibition, Bristol Children's Hospital, Bath Flower Show, Clevedon Art Club, Clifton Art Cllub, Cheddar Art Group, Regent Gallery Weston super Mare, Bath Prize, Harbourside Gallery, Sidcot Art Centre, North Somerset Arts Week and Cheddar Arts Fringe Festival.


Carnival Float for Weston super Mare Rotary Club, Safety Town Murals, Mural for Slaters Arms North Wales, Mural for Minecraft Club, Llantrisant.

Other Achievements

Finalist in Bath Prize competition; Prize for funniest Painting Harbourside Gallery Bristol, Artist in Residence Regency Gallery Weston super Mare. HND Fine Art with the Open College of the Arts (Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Watercolour painting)


June 2018


I have just finished the degree course at University Centre Weston, obtaining a first class honours degree in Contemporary Art with Professional Studies.


Immediately after the degree show at collage I organised a solo exhibition,  'The Mists of Time' at The Old Town Quarry, Weston super Mare.


March 2018


I am in the final few months of my time as a student studying BA Hons Fine Art (Contemporary Art with Professional Studies) at University College Weston.


My main project this year has been to paint a huge family history landscape.  This is painted in oil over three canvases and measures approximately 3 metres by 1 metre.


All the characters depicted have interesting stories and have been researched through and through family stories and photographs.


I have also produced a series of collages and prints including Photo Etching and Photo Gravure.


Examples of this work can be seen on the previous page.

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