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Gravity dictates the earth contains a buried past of dinosaurs and archeology, the surface reveals the activity of present daily life, but what is above is an empty field of possibility, a space in which to conceive and live the future
For more than 15 years Newman has been making photographs, paintings, sculptures and video installations that all address a human relationship to the sky. For him, looking upwards is an inherently optimist gesture and something he compares to thinking about the future.
Peter Newman attended Goldsmiths College, University of London from 1987-90, and now lives and works in London. Since graduating, he has had solo exhibitions in London, Brussels, Hamburg, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. He has exhibited in Trafalgar Square and the Royal Festival Hall in London, and The Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. His work was projected onto the exterior of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, in Kanazawa, Japan for the inaugural exhibition in 2004. In 1999 he was awarded the Mark Rothko travel scholarship and in 2005 an individual artist award from the Arts Council of England. His most recent UK exhibition Skystation, was at the Hayward Gallery, London in 2009.
His work is in numerous public and private collections including MUDAM, Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg, the Kanazawa Museum for Contemporary Art, Japan, Goldmann Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bingham McCutchen, Fidelity, The Cleveland Clinic, Great Portland Estates, EMI and Land Securities.
The first permanent Skystation is installed in Cambridge, England, and will be followed by one in London.