For years, Jesse Michael Newman has created artwork in solitude, immersing himself during extended sabbaticals of a year or longer. He uses the most advanced tools available – a synthesis of painting, photography and computer-generated imagery – to work fluidly on massive digital canvases. 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.
Jesse Michael Newman's REBIRTH of GAEA is an epic visual tapestry delicately interweaving reflections on spirituality and the human experience.
Birth and innocence, suffering and empathy, fear and wonder... through the millennia, countless allegorical interpretations of these universal experiences have been illuminated through the world’s religions, wisdom traditions and mythologies. Newman chose the narratives of the ancient Greeks as the visual vehicle from which to base his imagery, synthesizing those ancient narratives with his personal experiences into a carefully-crafted, coherent whole.
Ultimately, Rebirth of Gaea is a visual love letter to his daughter Emma, whose passion for Greek Mythology and the Environment was the spark that ignited this project. What began as a few-week exploration became an all-encompassing, life-altering creative undertaking spanning the better part of a decade.
With Emma depicted as Gaea, her younger brother as Eros and younger sister as the Nebulaic Embryo, Newman hopes this artistic expression allows the love for his children to echo long after he is gone.
To see more, view the REBIRTH of GAEA gallery.