John Newling was born in Birmingham and after completing MA and M.Phil degrees at Chelsea and Wolverhampton he was awarded the first Fulbright Fellowship in Visual Art in 1985.
During his time in America, Newling produced works in hotels, swimming pools, burnt out cars, sales of memorabilia and on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York. This experience marked the beginning of his enduring interest in notions of Place both in terms of cartography and context. This has generated many works over the following decades both gallery based and site specific.
Newling constantly reviews ‘The tacit agreements of Place’ and this has coalesced into a view of the pathology of institutions such as banks and churches. His current researches have been into the nature, manifestations and relationships of Currency and Belief. This process of review is the initial impetus for a work for a specific place.
Whilst always underpinned by rigorous conceptual thinking, Newling’s works are always conscious of material, fabrication and architectural space. His sculptural installations are possessed of a quiet beauty that resonate with layers of meaning that are inherent within the form.
Newling has large scale works within the public domain such as major commissions for the Post Office and The Inland Revenue. His exhibitions include a recent retrospective at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park that also incorporated nine new works for the Pavilion Gallery.
Newling has an international reputation and has installed works across Europe and the USA. John Newling lives in Nottingham where he is currently Professor of Installation Sculpture at The Nottingham Trent University.