Although Rebecca is fast creating a following in Christian art, her work extends beyond that. Working in a broad range of media from digital and watercolour to acrylic and glass, the common denomenator is her vibrant use of colour and powerful, haunting imagery. Having painted since childhood, it would have been an obvious choice to have gone to art college, but three years at drama school has clearly added a strong sense of drama and passion to her work. Counting among her influences Kurt Jackson, Frida Kahlo and Klimt, it is no wonder that her work is recieving growing attention and acclaim. For latest availability on cards and prints and to find out about Rebecca's latest projects please visit www.rebeccanewell.co.uk
Biography: Art is my passion, it is my prayer and it is where I come to rest. I have been creating pictures in some form or another ever since I can remember and since 2000 professionally. The majority of my early work was either pencil or watercolour. I love the independence of watercolour and frequently used it in a much heavier fashion than other people I knew of. In 2000 two life-changing things happened to me; I gave birth to my daughter and I was introduced to Kurt Jackson's work! Suddenley I realized there was a legitamacy to my own work. Kurt Jackson uses an immediacy and passion in his work that I found both empowering and inspiring. This discovery coincided with an increased demand for my own work and in a moment of madness my husband and I gave up the 'rat race' to open a small gallery. 'Dare to dance' mixed media canvas Having your own gallery is a fantastic way to learn how to paint! Never having had a formal art school training it was a baptism of fire. I found I quickly gained the thick skin and confidence required for the 'do or die' scenario I found myself in! Unfortunately it was not the work that put an end to our gallery dreams but the disasterous 'foot and mouth' outbreak which effectively stopped people coming into the countryside and visiting our rural gallery. Good things come in all shapes and sizes and having spent some time re-evaluating I was ready to make a change. My husband's stoicism rescued our family both financialy and mentally. However, spending day after day taking jobs to make ends meet and being turned down for jobs he was well quallified for, Paul, who is black, was finding it hard to find reasons why. There were so many words of comfort I had already said I simply ran out of words. So I turned to the only other language I knew, for help. For the first time I discovered I had a voice in my painting. Using Dr Martin Luther King's words and pictures from the civil rights movement I realised a quite different style, strong and evocative. My passions had collided and I found my voice. 'Eve's Journey' mixed media canvas Shortly after completing this painting a friend spotted it, commissioned 'Eve's Journey' and that was the birth of a whole new me....watch out world! On a mission, I began work on an exhibition exploring my other great passion, God. Working on the exhibition 'Truth', has been the most absorbing, joyful, painful and rewarding thing I have done to date. I was delighted when Worcester Cathedral agreed to host it for me. I recieved much acclaim for this work not least from the BBC and 'Christianity' magazine who published 'The approach road' in their July edition. 'The approach road' mixed media canvas In the future, I am planning a tour of the 'Truth' exhibition as well as a new exhibition which will tour in July 2006, again beginning at Worcester Cathedral. I am hoping to publish a compilation of pictures, prayer and poetry as part of a collaborative project, continue to take on commissions and of course, most important of all, carry on being a wife and mum!
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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