British artist Peter Newman (b. 1969, London) works across different media to produce artworks that explore a human relationship to space and modernity. For Newman, the city is seen as a primary instrument of communication and a reflection of creative intent. Newman uses the all-sky lens (originally invented for astronomy and to observe atmospheric phenomena) to record the urban panorama overhead in a series of locations worldwide. The circular images examine a spectrum of architecture across the globe, revealing the character of a city and the way it frames the sky.
Newman studied at Goldsmiths’ University of London from 1987 to 1990. Since graduating, Newman has exhibited extensively in London, Brussels, Hamburg, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. His work has been shown in London’s Trafalgar Square, Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery and at The Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Newman’s video works were projected onto the exterior of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JP for their inaugural exhibition in 2004. In 1999, Newman was awarded the Mark Rothko travel scholarship, and subsequently in 2005 he received an artist award from the Arts Council of England. His work is part of the public and private collections of MUDAM, Museum of Modern Art, LU; 21st Century Museum for Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JP; The Cleveland Clinic, Goldman Sachs, Bingham McCutchen, Fidelity, Land Securities and Great Portland Estates. Permanent installations of his work, Skystation are installed in Cambridge, UK, and also at the Riverlight development designed by Rogers, Stirk and Harbour on the south bank in Nine Elms, London, UK.
Peter Newman lives and works in London, UK.