ARTIST MAXINE NEWELL

I am a multi-media artist based in Basildon, Essex & Felixstowe, Suffolk. I studied at Essex University where I gained BA (Hons) in Fine Art. I work with several different mediums including, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, acrylic, oils and collage.

My passion is drawing – my sketchy, playful watercolour drawings and paintings are not made in hopes of perfecting an urban perspective, or depicting an immaculate façade. When I stop and draw from life, I notice more, I aim to capture something of how it was at that moment of that day – a lasting memory. I am especially interested in people in everyday life. I am drawn to certain people by the look on their faces, colours that they may be wearing, relationships, and body language. 

For me drawing and painting is a cathartic process that helps me deal with my overactive mind – it helps me make sense of my chaotic, complicated, intricate and unknowable life. I aim to simplify things by containing all that I observe in a drawing. It is harder than ever for us to find a space to calm and quiet our minds, to simply be – drawing the purest form of art is my meditation.

I am inspired by Alberto Giacometti. He captures something of the fleeting chaotic character of places as “images and memories of images”. I also admire the frenetic, layered drawings and paintings by Leon Kossoff. His pictures as he says is “Life going on”. He draws in situ, often returning to the same places.  I also draw on Lucinda Rogers who works directly from life creating spontaneous drawings of the everyday.

In 2015 I took the exciting opportunity to set-up Arte Max Studio Gallary. It was a place where I could exhibit my own work as well encourage creativity in the local community.

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