New York-based artist Jesse Michael Newman built a career as a premiere visual effects artist, working on multiple films nominated or shortlisted for Academy Awards as well as projects accepted to the permanent collections of the MOMA and Whitney -- as well as the Cannes, Los Angeles and Sundance film festivals.
The breadth of his experiences includes official selections to the Cannes, Los Angeles and Sundance film festivals; collaborations on projects for musicians Jay-Z, Will.I.Am, Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears as well as award-winning network identities for Disney, Showtime, SciFi and HBO. His commercial work includes national ad campaigns for Verizon, HP, Dodge, and MMs.
A BFA graduate from Notre Dame, Newman has been recognized by Art Business News as a Top 50 Emerging Artist. His artwork has been in galleries from Monterey to Miami, New York to Rome, and resides in private collections on four continents.
Newman uses the most advanced tools available to an artist in creating art that is future-proof in both craftsmanship and aesthetic timelessness, intrinsically beautiful and layered with meaning.
For many years, I worked as a visual effects artist on feature films, music videos, and commercials. While this career path pushed me creatively and provided access to the most advanced tools available to an artist, it never eclipsed the passion I had for my personal projects.
My work lies at the convergence of art, technology and philosophy. I aim to create art that is intrinsically beautiful (significantly appreciable in the absence of context), future-proof (in both craftsmanship and aesthetic timelessness), and layered with meaning.
- Jesse Michael Newman
Artist Jesse Michael Newman, after graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Design from the University of Notre Dame, built a career as a premiere visual effects artist.
His projects include multiple films nominated or shortlisted for Academy Awards – including Armageddon, nominated for Best Visual Effects. The short film Stereomongrel is now part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, while others include
Jesse Michael Newman views visual effects as a side interest, a means to an end. His passion is his art. For years, he has created artwork in solitude, immersing himself during extended sabbaticals of a year or longer. After showing this artwork at the International Art Exposition in New York, he was named one of the Top 50 Emerging Artists worldwide by Art Business News. His artwork has been in galleries from Monterey to Miami, New York to Rome, and now resides in private collections on four continents.
Newman uses the most advanced tools available to an artist in the modern era. His extraordinary artistic process – a synthesis of painting, photography and computer-generated imagery – allows him to work fluidly on a 300 million-pixel canvas -- the equivalent of 150 high definition televisions stacked side by side.
His techniques -- not only foreign and perhaps revolutionary to the fine art world -- are inadvertently breaking technological barriers in the realm of visual effects from which they emerged. Adobe, upon learning Newman was pushing their tools in ways unknown to them, reached out to him to learn more; they now display one of his limited edition prints in the conference room of their corporate headquarters.
Newman aims to create art that is future-proof in both craftsmanship and aesthetic timelessness – artwork that is intrinsically beautiful and yet layered with meaning.