About - Chris Newson
Chris was born in Saxmundham, Suffolk
Chris is known mostly as an oil painter working closely with Maggi Hambling who mentors him and his work. Filmmaking and photography are an extension of his ongoing artistic skills.
In 2007 I had the privilege of meeting Maggi Hambling OBE, CBE at the Scallop on Aldeburgh beach Suffolk. After taking many photos and the filming of ‘The Storm’ DVD we became good friends.
I used to paint in 1984-86 but in those days had little interest or need for the arts.
When I moved into my new studio at Samkins Garage I found a canvas and some blue acrylic paint. With Maggi Hambling visiting the studio in Saxmundham that day I decided to paint a picture. So I did and when she came in she asked “Who painted that. Paint another one”. I did. With her help and guidance from the very start I have painted almost every day. It has become my life.
As you can see by my CV below the exhibitions are building nicely. Maggi Hambling has 10 of my pictures in her house in Suffolk and it’s a real thrill to go see her and see my work on the master’s wall. I now have my studio and framing shop at 72 high street Leiston (next to film theater). The gallery is open whenever the shop is. Please feel free to come and look around with no obligation to buy. For a private view please contact me. Thank you.
Chris Newson CV
Born: 1961 Saxmundham Suffolk
Studied: Isle College Wisbech 1995-1997 National
Diploma Performing Arts
Welsh College Music and Drama 1997-1998
BA Acting Ipswich Performing Arts School 1999-
2001 2.1 (Hons) BA Performing Arts
2001-2004 Actor (Equity Member)
2006 Created Makespace Film Company Ltd
2007 First employed as Maggi Hambling studio
2007 First exhibition Old Printworks Saxmundham
Newcastle University Galley series of photograph
and ‘Storm’ DVD.
Lynn Strover Gallery postcards and ‘Storm’ Field
River and SeaGallery Great Glemham ‘DVD
Postcards’ and ‘Storm’
Opened Makespace Experiment Gallery
Saxmundham Exhibiting new work and Local artists
2008 Marlborough Fine Art Gallery London ‘The
Storm’ Abbot Hall Kendal ‘The Storm’
Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh Suffolk ‘The Storm’
Gilmor Piper Fonnerau Road Ipswich New series of
ten entitled ‘Awakening’
Sept: Wildwood Gallery Bury St Edmunds New
series of 4 entitled ‘Halt’
Sept: Cobbold and Judd Fine Art Orwell Park
School New series of nine entitled ‘Bath time’
Sept: Saxmundham Arts festival ‘Guest Artist’
Saxmundham Market Hall.
Sept: Gilmor Piper Fonnerau Road Ipswich New
series of ten entitled ‘Eight’
Oct: Old Print Works Saxmundham New series of
12 entitled ‘Mushroom season’
Opened Makespace Experiment Galley 1st Opened
by Maggi Hambling.
Oct to November: Saxmundham Arts
festival ‘Guest Artist’ Saxmundham Market Hall.
Dec: Exhibition with Maggi Hambling ’Old Print
July: Snape Maltings Art Gallery New series of 5
July onwards: Secret Garden Gallery Crisps 'Old
Printworks Gallery' Saxmundham.
July to Aug: Art for glass exhibition Orford Old
Church Suffolk New series of 3 entitled 'Shouting at
Aug 09 Re-New 62 a Thorofare Woodbridge Suffolk
Exhibiting and selling.
Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh Christmas show.
June 10: Opened Studio in Crisp's Garden
Saxmundham. Resident artist Old Printworks
July 10: work went to Snape Malting's Art Gallery
October 10: Exhibition for Re New. The Barn
Valley Farm House Clopton.
The Touch of Paint
The Touch of Paint sees celebrated artist Maggi
Hambling’s work being shown for the first time in a
Maggi Hambling, Tory Lawrence, Chris Newson,
Exhibition dates: Sat 30th October, 2010 – Sat 27th
November 2010. 11 out of 16 Sales
December 17th-22nd 2010: Peter Pears Gallery
Aldeburgh. Christmas Art fair.
March - June Ipswich Art School Gallery The Class
Of.....Exhibition. 4 out of 4 sales
31st March - 10th April The Peter Pears Gallery
Aldeburgh. 25 Sales
Winter Exhibition 18/21 Norwich
Christmas Show Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh
The South Lookout Aldeburgh.
Saturday 31st December 2011 - Sunday 1st January 2012 Exhibition and live portrait painting performance.
The London Art Fair January. 4 out of 5 sales. Caroline Wiseman Fine arts.
April 2012 Opened Chris Newson Art at Thornham Walks Suffolk.
21st April - 20th May 2012
The Alde Valley Spring Festival Great Glenham Suffolk
with Maggi Hambling.
Summer exhibition 18-21 gallery Norwich July - October
Caroline Wiseman 14th - 20th August "The South Lookout " Aldeburgh....New series .....Splatted.
One man show 'Progression' Peter Pears Gallery Aldebrough. Opened by Maggi Hambling. 7th Dec - 12th December.
Aug 13 Opened own gallery studio at 5 Chantry Road Saxmundham.
Exhibition 18/21 Gallery Norwich . One of fifty two 'deck of cards' 21st September - 26th October 2013
Dec 16th-24th Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh. One man show
April 25th - 39th 2014 Chris Newson - Hilary Mayo Exhibition. Pond Gallery Snape Maltings
Sept 10th- 16th Sept 15 The Pond Gallery with Stephanie Simpson
July 8-16 2016 solo show Garage Galley Aldeburgh Suffolk
Opened Framing shop and personal gallery 72 High Street Leiston
March 12th -20th 2017 Sink Or Swim..The George Farnham Galley Saxmundham