For years, Newman created this artwork in solitude, immersing himself during extended sabbaticals of a year or longer. His artistic process used a synthesis of painting, photography and CGI to work fluidly on massive digital canvases. Revolutionary for the fine art world, this technique inadvertently broke technological barriers in the realm of visual effects from which it emerged.
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.
Gaea, Goddess of Earth, is reclining as a river and falling into a meditative state. As the Eternal Mother floats between thoughts of the parent-child relationship and inherent innocence, these ideas are made manifest by animals who, ultimately, return to worshipping Her. Gaea’s only distraction is a solitary butterfly, flittering without direction.
The birth of the universe portrayed as a nebulaic embryo and featuring the artist’s daughter. With her eyes closed and fingers strumming an air lyre, she can also be interpreted as embodying Terpsichore, the muse of dance.
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