Author: Imogen Aldridge

An interview with Newton Davey

New to the Art Republic community, Newton Davey and his artwork is sure to make an impression. We sat down with the artist to talk what inspires him, how his ideas develop and his new exclusive release with Art Republic.

AR: When did you realise you wanted to become an artist? 

NEWTON DAVEY: I've always been a loner and late-night scribbler, doodling my way through life...

AR: What is the lasting impression you want to leave on the viewers of your work?

NEWTON DAVEY: Happiness, joy and positive thinking. A smile a day is good for you!

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Newton Davey in the AR studio signing his new prints

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AR: Where do you take inspiration from?

NEWTON DAVEY: Everywhere! As an artist you never switch off. It can be Lyrics of a song, overheard conversations on the bus, or wise-sage-like-sayings my grandad would say.

AR: Your art is so vibrant - where does this love of colour come from?

NEWTON DAVEY: My favourite colour is EVERY COLOUR. I was an 80's child, that was always dressed up in my older brothers hand-me-down 70's clothing - of which that majority of the palette was rainbow. I guess rainbow colours take me back to that simpler time of being a child with little to no worries.

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Party Night by Newton Davey - £225

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AR: Can you talk us through your creative process? How do your ideas develop/begin?

NEWTON DAVEY: I mull and think over ideas a lot! I will always have a sketchbook on me, but the idea lives in my head for a while before I put pencil to paper. It's usually a small thumbnail I sketch that solves how I will develop the design into a print. Using this thumbnail, I will then take the paper size and cut out shapes to size. Everything I do exist in real life - not on a computer at all! I will never fully finish the template before taking to the studio to print. like to make creative decisions whilst printing, such as colour and composition, to keep the print real and an element of spontaneity.

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AR: Do you have any rituals that get you in the creative mood?

NEWTON DAVEY: Very early morning. Radio 6. Coffee. Putting a washing load on.

AR: What is the artwork you are most proud of?

NEWTON DAVEY: Every rejection piece for the RA or not sold prints. I've a drawer of these and they make me mostly proud, cause it's always the rejections of misunderstood pieces that keep you going.

AR: How does your first artwork compare to your most recent one?

NEWTON DAVEY: Printmaking always excited me for looking like it was printed. pin holes, mis-registration, not enough ink flooded. I've always thought what's the point in hand printing and hand finishing if it doesn't contain elements of the handmade? So, to compare my earlier prints to now, my printmaking is definitely sharper and more consistent with the beautiful printmaking mistakes within the edition.

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Newton Davey in the AR studio signing his new prints

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AR: What can you tell us about your release with Art Republic?

NEWTON DAVEY: I'm super excited to have foiled a huge area on these 2 prints - 1 in gold and 1 in silver.

AR: How do you see your art developing in the future?

NEWTON DAVEY: I want to go bigger. I've also started to cut-out my templates in coloured card - the same colour I intend to print the shape in. I then rebuild the cut-outs as one-off collages. I'd like to display he collage next to the screen-print to better show the process/makeup on my work. I think the collages offer something much more hand-made, and that excited me.

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Funny Sunny by Newton Davey - £225

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About Newton Davey - View Collection

Newton Davey, also known as David Newton, is a London-based illustrator, screen printer and picture book maker. The celebration of colour and form is at the heart of the artist’s artworks, regardless of whether they are clashing or not. Newton Davey’s process begins with observational drawings out and about in North London, finding inspiration and stories within the bustling scenes of street life.

We love how Newton Davey embraces clashing colours and the small mistakes that come with making screen prints. The artist says of embracing imperfection: “I love getting my hands dirty in the studio making beautiful mistakes. To me, screen printing is an art form, and I celebrate all the pinholes, mis-registration, crossover of colours, splodges, bleeds and streaks.”

Newton Davey has been working in the publishing industry for 17 years, surrounded by his biggest inspiration: books. He is also a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and member of Print Club, London. The artist has been outspoken about his love for art and books, saying that his “happy place is where words and images collide, I celebrate this in my storytelling and printmaking”.

Discover Newton Davey's collection of artworks, including his two new and exclusive artworks here.

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Studio stock

£48

6 x 10 cm

Dreams Can Come True

55 x 56.5cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Masterpiece Minus Art Print by Remi Rough
Exclusive

Masterpiece Minus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
Exclusive

£200

60 x 60cm

Debbie Harry Rainbow Art Print by Veebee
Exclusive
Veebee £160

£160

50 x 50cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
Exclusive

£195

31 x 24cm

Pangolin - Medium Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
Exclusive

Pangolin - Medium

40 x 40cm

£100

40 x 40cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

£135

50 x 70cm

Prince 2000 ZERO ZERO Art Print by Mike Edwards
Exclusive

£150

50 x 50cm

Rebel Rebel Art Print by R-W Studio
Exclusive

Rebel Rebel

50 x 50cm

£120

50 x 50cm

Choco POPek

15 x 12 x 6cm

£300

15 x 12 x 6cm

Pacific Grind

20.3 x 81cm

£200

20.3 x 81cm

Elvis Art Print by David Studwell
Exclusive

Elvis

50 x 50cm

£175

50 x 50cm

Gorilla - Lilac Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

MK-Ultra I

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

Northern Scum Art Print by Katrina Russell-Adams
Exclusive

Northern Scum

29.7 x 42cm

£85

29.7 x 42cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Kate Moss - Glow Art Print by VeeBee
Exclusive
VeeBee £285

Kate Moss - Glow

70 x 70 cm

£285

70 x 70 cm

£267

75 x 75cm

Humpek Purple Sculpture

12 x 6 x 12cm

£240

12 x 6 x 12cm

Fail Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

Fail

50 x 70cm

£135

50 x 70cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£165

45.72 x 60.96 cm

I Love Recycling

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Ben Eine £35

£35

15 x 15cm each

R2Heart2 - Copper Art Print by RYCA
Exclusive
RYCA £150

R2Heart2 - Copper

50 x 70cm

£150

50 x 70cm

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