Anthony Newton

Anthony Newton's art is a personal vision of vibrant color that seeks to capture and uplift the essence of inner city America. His work emerges from an autobiographical vantage point - drawing on personal experience and the broader hip hop culture that he is part of. Having formal training at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, he has grounding in realist life drawing, infusing this tradition with other influences, such as graffiti, street art, and the commercial imagery found in popular music magazines and CD covers. He sometimes works directly from photo references, often filtering these varied influences through imagination. Newton is interested in using the physicality of paint - its color and texture - to explore unseen inner worlds, as well as to confront and challenge racial stereotypes. He describes a canvas as a space where he can translate his own personal experiences and struggles into stories that can address larger, systemic issues that affect us all. Newton was featured in an exhibition at The Education and Research Center in The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and is a recepient of the 2021 NYFA City Artist Corps Grant.

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