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Ken Newman  Cambridge, ID

'Enfolded Cottontail'
Redwood Burl on Sandstone
'Precipitous Drop'

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About Ken

Ken Newman is a sculptor based in Cambridge, Idaho.

Ken explains his work by saying, “Although our journeys are not the same – there are common threads that connect us. I have chosen to share and express through sculpture a lived journey, a small window into a living history. As our world changes, a sense of loss emerges – a disconnect to our immediate past and a distancing from nature. The desire to share these observations has become the motivation in creating my art. As artists, we have a responsibility to capture or interpret current attitudes and their influences, to document and create dialog. Without artists, who visually captures the uniqueness of society? If we don’t interpret and capture it, time has proven it will be gone tomorrow. There are no political agendas, just a story of reflection on one’s influences and journeys, a show of respect for the simple and subtle rhythms and elements in life as they are in nature. Representational sculpture is not a choice but a natural extension of my vision. The forms, shapes and gestures of my sculptures are expressions of internal and external influences, not that of a model or photograph. Somewhat stylized to convey movement and emotion rather than anatomical accuracy. Details are meant as a distraction for the eye, a reaffirmation of the story and not meant to attain perfection. Expressing the impact of subtle elements and textures has opened the creative process to explore the use of different materials to better express these nuances that spark interpretation. Over the years I have enjoyed sculpting in public venues. It encourages an interesting dialog that can have a significant impact on one’s work and thought process. By engaging the viewer to share their influences and cultural insights into the creative process, it helps me understand my own journey. A natural extension of this is the motivation to place work in public venues allowing the dialog to continue.”

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"Ken is our favorite contemporary American sculptor. We have been closely following his journey since his first bronze. His expertise in working with natural wood made the transition to other media a natural progression. Ken is so adept at clearly describing his vision and then he delivers with great technique and passion for his subjects. Looking forward to adding yet another Newman to our collection."

"Love your work. Keep traveling with your destiny!"

"he/she must be hungry. it looks like chocolate"

"VERY VERY FREAKY. With the earth-toned colors, this looks creepily amazing!"

"Thanks Jan and Whitney for your observations. Enfolded Cottontail is still available... Hope it finds a good home. Contrast and Contradictions - using redwood from a damp environment - creating a desert scenario.... sculpting the Cottontail - soft - under the Prickly Pear Cactus - sharp"

"Thanks for all the kind compliments. Appreciate them and being listed among this great collection of artists. Ken"

"I love your artwork Ken! It is such a beautiful representation of your talent!"

"Ken - thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspiring work on this site. If I could afford it, I would buy Enfolded Cottontail."

"To see Ken Newman's work in person is to understand the subtleties of the narrative of a particular moment in time, captured, a gift to the viewer of the artist's contemplation of his surroundings and of our relationship to the nature of which we are a part."

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