Thursday, August 18, 2016
Rachel Newling's Exotic Australia
Rachel Newling is creating a name for herself outside of Australia’s Queensland, and is quickly establishing herself as a printmaker who loves Nature, and who enjoys showing us some pretty curious creatures. Her work is detailed, colorful and original in subject. How many other printmakers can you name that do portraits of kangaroos and emus as wonderfully personified as any human portrait artist? There are not many, my friends.
What we see are Newling’s fascination with her environment, and richly textured plants and animals she sees every day. For any of us unfamiliar with seeing these subjects, they are a delight and Newling’s obsessive linear work is quite mesmerizing. Her hand-colored prints exude exoticism and we are left wanting to see more. She has a great respect for the way things look and we get an eye full in every composition.
Rachel Newling was born in Gloucestershire, U.K. She attended art school in London and lived there for several years before moving to Australia. She currently lives in Noosa, on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
Australia is known for its printmaking heritage, and there have been several prominently known Aussie women printmakers since the beginning of the 20th century. Newling has joined Australia’s current wave of notable inksters we can expect to see great things from this artist. Enjoy the work, comrades.
Australian War Memorial
Cairns Regional Gallery
The City of Sydney
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Queens Club Sydney
Plus collections in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA.