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 Ken Newman  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: Idaho/California      Known for: wood carver-wildlife

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Born and raised in the Redwoods of Ft Bragg, California, Ken Newman is known for pushing the envelope of wildlife art in raw forms of wood, forging viewers and collectors to question and explore his sculptures.

In 1980, he began sculpting in wood during an Independent Study Humanities class at Sacramento State University in CA.  After graduating with a degree in Recreation Administration amidst the California Prop 13 tax initative, jobs in the public recreation field declined and he went back into logging.  A third generation logger, Ken saw the writing on the wall as the North Coast of California logging's industry declined.  In 1989, he headed into the construction business building custom homes in Lake Tahoe/Truckee area while sculpting in the winters.

A self-taught sculptor, Ken committed to being a full-time artist in 1999 after several years of producing award winning sculptures.  He relocated from California to the small community of Cambridge, Idaho and now spends 7 months of the year traveling to art/museum shows from the east to the west coast.

In 2001, he was accepted as a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and his work has won numerous awards in their annual exhibitions, touring across the United States in museums. Considered a "Modernist" in the 2005 issue of Wildlife Art magazine, his wood sculptures provide for a view of animals and their impact within society and man's interaction with them.

In 2004, he released his first bronze sculptures, both wildlife and figurative.  Although his wood sculptures are among his most prized, the bronze sculptures provide for another outlet to express and make statements with his work without the restrictions of working with a single piece of wood.  His first wildlife bronze "Tale of Respect" a pheasant was chosen for the 2005 Birds in Art Exhibition and Tour at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Artist Statement:
I am drawn to question and interpret the relationships of man and nature and how each influences the other.  My art is a statement of time and place on this journey of life.  Not an arrived destination, but an effort to understand the world around me (us).

My sculptures are based on the simple forms or characteristics of the raw wood; this generally provides the abstract design, which is the foundation of each sculpture.  The reductive nature of sculpting from a single piece of wood has become second nature over the years and I continue to sculpt in wood for the pure enjoyment of the medium.  Working in wood requires flexibility, humility and patience, which is rewarded with a uniqueness that can not easily be replicated.  Woods' warmth, innate beauty, tactile attraction and unique characteristics make the medium constantly challenging for me.

As we become distanced from the natural world, my sculptures capture a unique view of nature where discovery becomes a focal point.  I create art to impact the viewer's thoughts and perceptions of nature, not for the sculpture's simplicity, beauty or marketability.  Sculpting from a single piece of wood; my goal is to create a respect for nature and to convey and share my appreciation of and understanding of wildlife.  It is a passion that only continues to mature as I sculpt in different mediums and subjects.

Elected Member-National Sculpture Society-NYC
Elected Member-Allied Artists of America-NYC

Awards:

2008 48th Society of Animal Artists, Art and the Animal Exhibition, Green Bay WI
Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Realistic Sculpture Executed in an Academic Manner 26th Wallowa Valley Arts Festival - Joseph OR - 1st Place Professional Sculpture

2007  94th Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club Gallery, New York City NY
Richard Brumer Memorial Award
SculptureWalk 2007,Sioux Falls SD - 2nd Place Bronze Sculpture 25th Wallowa Valley Arts Festival - Joseph OR - Founder's Award and 1st Place Professional Sculpture

2006  Best of Show at the Lines into Shapes - Art Center at Estes Park, Estes Park CO
2nd Place Bronze Sculpture at SculptureWalk 2006 Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls SD
Yeager Trust Award - Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition - Henderson Art Center, Henderson,  KY 
2nd Place Professional at the Best and the Brightest - Scottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, AZ
Joe and Mary Back Sculpture Award and People's Choice-Sculpture at the 57th Annual Wind River National Art Exhibition, Dubois, WY

2005  Brumer Memorial Award at the 92nd Annual Allied Artists of America - National Arts Club Gallery, New York NY
Creative Excellence Award and Patricia A. Bott Award for Creative Excellence Award  at the 45th Society of Animal Artists' Art and the Animal Exhibition - Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV
Richard L Marini Realistic Sculpture Originally Modeled from Clay at the 63rd Audubon Artists Exhibition - Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
First Place Sculpture Award at the 20th Conservatory Art Classic - Bosque Conservatory, Clifton, TX

2004  Patricia A. Bott Award for Creative Excellence at the 44th Annual Society of Animal Artists Art and the Animal Exhibition - Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, New York, NY

Joe and Mary Back Sculpture Award at the 55th Annual Wind River National Art Exhibition, Dubois, WY
2nd Place in Show at the Trinidad Fine Art Exhibition, Trinidad CO

Publications/Catalogs:

5th Annual National Sculpture Society Catalog, New York City NY, 2008
Endangered Species: Flora and Fauna in Peril Catalog, Wildling Art Museum Los Olivos CA, 2008
Journey Through the Woods-Idaho Sculptor Shares his Landscapes with the World, Eagle Magazine, ID 2008
48th Art and the Animal Catalog-Society of Animal Artists,
New York City NY 2008
Wildlife Art
- Editor's Choice Sculpture Issue, Ramona, CA, July/August 2007
Sculptural Pursuit, Sculpture Walks: Community-Centered Public Art, Littleton, CO Summer Issue 2007
Fine Woodworking, Reader's Gallery, Newton, CT May/June 2007
Art and the Animal Catalogs-Society of Animal Artists, New York, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Woodcarving Illustrated Fox Chapel Publishing Co, The Art of Ken Newman, East Petersburg, PA, Winter Issue #37, 2006
Art of Seeing-Nature Revealed Through Illustration, Oakland Museum of CA, Oakland, CA,2006
Wildlife Art - Sculptures Highlight Life's Challenge, Ramona, CA September/October 2005
Birds in Art Catalog - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI September 2005
Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale Catalog, Cody, WY, September  2005
Allied Artists of America Catalog - National Arts Club, New York, December 2005
Audubon Artists Catalog, Salmagundi Club, New York, September 2005
North American Sculpture Exposition Catalog, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, August 2004
Art Revue-Rocky Mountain Art, Wood Sculptor Extraordinaire, Denver, CO Oct/Nov 2003
Sporting Classics Magazine, October 2003
The Art of Stylized Wood Carvings, Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg, PA, 2003
Art and the Animal Kingdom VII Catalog, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT June 2002


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