Roy Newell

Roy Newell, perhaps more than any other mature living painter, has shown himself unwilling to let an image rest - sometimes through hundreds of reworkings - until he is absolutely convinced of its having reached the proper state of counterpointed harmonies and tensions. Today, at the age of 85, he claims to have made less than a hundred paintings. But, as he relates, each one of these canvases in fact incorporates "dozens of paintings" worked into and buried beneath the dominant image. Many of the paintings have been reworked over the course of decades. Roy Newell's art is a rare exemplar of painting unphased by time. He acknowledges no outside pressure on the pace of their creation, allowing layers and patterns to emerge on an organic clock set to his own evolving emotional and intellectual understanding of their exigencies. Although this style of working has contributed to the limited exposure Newell's paintings have received, recognition of their importance has gradually increased over time. Today, Newell's paintings are included in a number of major collections, both individual and institutional. His work is owned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the de Kooning Estate, the New York University Art Collection, Seymour Hacker and Edvard Leiber among others.