Heath Newman is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Melbourne. After graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in 2011, his inspiration drove him to India where he spent two years learning painting techniques and colour studies from a culture rich in its visual and philosophical arts. Following India his travels and explorations of visual culture took him across the East where he became deeply interested in the art of scroll painting and the Zen attitudes undertaken to create them, eventually moving to New York where he lived and exhibited for over a year.

Heavily influenced by the art of The Southern School (China/Japan) and Bonsai which Newman learned from his father; he draws from the idea of Literati: the scrawl of the drunken monk. Literati is a culture of art formed in China and then Japan notably concerned with ink painting, splashes, calligraphic scrawls and minimalistic plant styling (bonsai.) Drawing from this Newman’s work incorporates elements of hesitancy and fragility into the confident physical gestures of abstract expressionism. Combining fragments of still life, myths of the world, strokes, scrawls and colour fields Heath describes his work as a mental map; both of his subconscious and of the greater, deeper collective consciousness. These ideas and the exploration of colour in Heath’s work continues to drive his exploration of texture, tone, perception and depth.