Rachel Newling is an established Australian artist, specializing in hand coloured & reduction linocuts, mixed media engraving & drawings.
I was born in Gloucestershire U.K. moving to near Padstow in Cornwall when I was four years old. I attended Art School in London and lived there for several years then spent some time travelling before moving to Australia permanently in 1982. I lived and worked near Avalon on Sydney's Northern Beaches for over 30 years and recently relocated to Noosa on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Australia, there were many prominent female artist in the first half of the 20th century who's work I was particularly inspired by when starting out to try linocut printmaking myself in the early 1980's.
More recently I have also been making engravings and doing more drawing. There are 2 galleries of engravings on the site and 4 galleries of drawings.
About the work
A Linocut is a relief print (like a woodcut), the image is carved from a block of Linoleum. Areas are carved or cut away from the block, what remains will print when the inked roller is passed over the top of the block and paper is laid on the block to take an impression by hand or through a press.
All my Linocuts are hand printed on handmade Japanese Washi paper which for centuries has been used for block printmaking. It is thin enough for hand printing yet surprisingly strong and quite beautiful, also acid free and archival.
The majority of my Linocuts are hand coloured, this happens after the print has dried. I use lightfast acrylic gouache paint and have an artist’s proof print as my guide for the colours and tones that I will apply to a print in the same edition, there are always slight variations as my colouring is ‘painterly’ therefore each print in an edition is an individual.
I also make reduction linocut prints, a different process where the block is cut away, a print is taken with all sheets of paper in the edition. The block is then carved again and prints are taken with a different colour ink on the same pieces of paper. This can be continued with many cuttings and colours but it gets very complex. At the end the block has been completely carved away apart from the raised area left for inking the last colour.
Mixed Media Engravings
These are ‘new style’ engravings using a clayboard and a combination of painting with inks and incising the surface with engraving type tools so that I can create a complex and textural black and white or coloured image. I keep the original work on board as this is my ‘block’ to make a limited edition of prints from the image. The inks I use for the original painting/engraving have a beautiful transparency and consistency but are not lightfast so the image is scanned at high resolution and printed at a professional studio using pure pigment inks on a heavy cotton rag art paper. All the materials used in these limited editions are archival and lightfast.
Each print is signed in pencil bottom right hand corner beneath the image. The number of that particular print and the number in the complete edition are written by me in pencil in the bottom left hand corner near the image. If it is the 2nd print in an edition of 50, it will be written as 2/50 for example. I occasionally have Artist Proofs available and that is written as A/P on the print instead of numbers.
The Linocuts and mixed media Engravings are printed to order as there is too much work and expense involved in completing the entire edition of an image. I keep a record of where I am up to in an edition and they are numbered sequentially. There will never more than the stated number of images produced in an edition but there may be less, some images being more popular than others.
Australia has many unique bird species – the land of birds. To be out in the bush or even just in the suburbs and have the sounds of birds, seeing them flying past, feeding, watching their behaviour and being amazed at their beauty & diversity has motivated me to create Linocut images and the ‘Birdland series’ of drawings.
Many of the drawing in this series have been sold and gone to new homes but I keep all the images on the site as a record.
For the drawings I generally use pastels which are lightfast and the paper is handmade by Moulin de Larroque in France.
I do consider commissions, please get in touch if you would like to discuss.
2017 Noosa Regional Gallery
2017 The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
2016 MAAS Store, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2015 The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
2014 Studio exhibition, Sydney
2014 Framed Gallery Darwin
2013 The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
2012 Studio exhibition, Sydney
2012 The Mint, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney
2011 Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt.Tomah
2011 Framed Gallery, Darwin
2010 Studio exhibition, Sydney
2010 Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney
2009 The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
2008 The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
2007 The Botanic Gardens Trust, Palm House, Sydney
2006 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2003 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2000 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1996 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1994 Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1993 Cintra Gallery, Brisbane
1992 Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
2016 For The Birds, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2011 Works from the gallery collection, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
2010 ‘ Pressed ink', prints from the collection’ Cairns Regional Gallery
2009 ‘In Paradise: Artists of the Northern Beaches’ Manly Art Gallery & Museum
2007 The Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
2006 Colville Street Art Gallery, Tasmania
2005 Gallery 460, Gosford
2003 Maria Perides Gallery, Brisbane
1998 Sculpture By The Sea, part of the ‘Seachange’ Olympic Arts Festival, Sydney
1998 Annual Art Exhibition, The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
1997 ‘Zoo’ Art House Gallery, Sydney
1996 Waringah Art Exhibition, Sydney
1994 ‘Passages’ 65th Anniversary Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1993 ‘Coast to Coast’ Myer Gallery, Perth
1991 The Sydney Printmakers, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Artbank, Telstra, Cairns Regional Gallery, The Royal Botanic Gardens Trust Sydney, The City of Sydney, News Limited, Australian War Memorial, Queens Club Sydney.
Corporate and Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada and Europe.
'The Sydney Morning Herald', shortlist critic's pick, image 'Magpie & Crucifix Orchid' and short piece by Sharne Wolff
'Sun Herald' S Section, 8 days Sunday planner, short piece by Nicole Elphic, Feb 19 2017
'House & Garden Magazine', image 'Waratah' and short piece, Feb 2017
‘The Sun-Herald’ 8 Days section, piece by Nicole Elphic. 6 Dec 2015
'The Sydney Morning Herald' Spectrum, The Planner, piece by Nicole Elphic and image: 'Emu portrait' Dec 7-8 2013
‘Insights’ Magazine of the Historic Houses Trust, Autumn 2012 article by Judy Pittaway, images of the artist & ‘Headland with Pandanus’
'The Sydney Morning Herald' Spectrum, article by Lynne Dwyer 11-12 Feb 2012
'Daily Telegraph' image of the artist at the gallery, article by Elizabeth Fortescue 1 Feb 2012
‘Off The Leash Magazine’ article by Miriam Rafael and image: ‘Bird of paradise flower’. July 2011
‘Daily Telegraph’ Tbreak Section, by Elizabeth Fortescue. 14/6/10
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ Spectrum section, The Planner, by Lynne Dwyer on Rachel Newling Artist Talk at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. 26/7/10
‘Daily Telegraph’ Best Weekend section, by Xanthe Kleinig on Rachel Newling Open Studio. Image ‘Blue Waterlily’. 3/7/10
Art Guide Australia Magazine, short piece July/August 2010 edition.
Catalogue for ‘ In Paradise: Artists of the Northern Beaches,’ Published by The Manly Art Gallery & Museum, curator: Katherine Roberts
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ Good Weekend Magazine, Upfront section, image: ‘Gymea Lily’ and article by Deborah Cooke 9/2/08
‘Daily Telegraph’ Arts section, article by Elizabeth Fortescue and image: ‘Wisteria & Blue Wrens’ 30/1/08
‘The Sun Herald’ The S Section,The Diary, picture of the artist & article by William Petley. 27/1/08
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ Spectrum section, The Planner, image: ‘Gymea Lily’ & piece by Arjun Ramachandran. 26/1/08
‘The Daily Telegraph’ Weekend Planner, Exhibitions, image: ‘Blue Waterlily’ and piece by Elizabeth Fortescue. 17/6/06
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Summer Guide. Front cover image: ‘Sacred Lotus’ Dec- Feb 2004
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Spring Guide. Front cover image: ‘Irises’ Sept-Nov 2003
‘The Sun Herald’ Sunday Metro section, image: ‘Waratah’ and article by Brett Thomas. 15/6/03
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ Metro section, ‘The weeks best exhibitions,’ image: ‘Blue Waterlily’ and article. 13-19 June 2003
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ Weekend Metropolitan section, image: ‘Blue Waterlily’ and article. 14-15 June 2003
‘The Australian’ Wealth section; Art Investor. Article by Michael Reid. 11/6/03
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Winter Guide. Front cover image: ‘Banksia Serrata’ and article by Mark Small. June – Aug2003
‘Look’ Magazine of the Art Gallery of NSW. Image: ‘Pandanus Fruit’ March 1998
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, Northern Supplement, article by Judy Adamson, image of the artist, March 1998
‘The Gardens,’ Magazine of The Friends of The Royal Botanic Gardens. Frontcover image: ‘Waterlilies’ and article by Dorothy Robertson. Issue 36 Feb-Apr 1998
‘The Sydney Review’ Front cover image: ‘Sunflowers Newport’, Dec. 1994
‘Sydney News’ Image: ‘Bougainvilleas’, 9-15 Nov. 1994
‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ Good Weekend Magazine, image: ‘Satin Bower Bird’, 19/9/94