Artist Clio Newton has been hard at work on a series of larger-than-life portraits of women portrayed entirely with compressed charcoal. The towering drawings can reach nearly 8 feet tall and capture near photographic detail of her subject’s faces, hair, and bodies. Several of the new portraits will be on view in an upcoming show at Benjamin
Arts by Clio Newton
Using charcoal as her weapon of choice, Swiss artist Clio Newton creates huge realistic portraits of women.
“The towering drawings can reach nearly 8 feet tall and capture near photographic detail of her subject’s faces, hair, and bodies.”
My work really pushes me to engage with my community. I am always looking for women who can model for me and share their life experiences. My 2015 series “Bathers” was a collection of large scale portrait drawings of women I met walking around the Zürisee – Lake Zürich, which touches the city center. For two months I introduced myself to women of all ages and origins who were swimming and sunbathing. I liked the idea of creating a series where the women were...
Several of the new portraits will be on view in an upcoming show at Benjamin Eck Galerie in Munich titled ‘Realism‘ that opens September 14, 2017. You can read an interview with Newton on Quiet Lunch and see more of her recent work and studio photos on Instagram.