Kristen Newell was born in a small town on the coast of Massachusetts, where from a very early age, she demonstrated a strong propensity for the arts. Important additional inspiration came from her family and from the family of a childhood friend, where Kristen found herself surrounded by the work of Paul Manship, her friend’s grandfather and one of America’s greatest sculptors. 

 

With increased focus on her art, along with winning numerous awards throughout high school, Newell eagerly enrolled in the arts program at University of Vermont and augmented her studies with a valuable year at the Cleveland Institute of Art. 

 

Upon graduation, Newell moved back to Cleveland to begin her art career and started participating in group shows, including River Gallery and the Ohio State Fair. In 2016, she began an internship at BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio, a well-known hub for Cleveland ceramicists. In 2019, she had her first solo exhibition at BRICK, and has since shown work at Gallery U, Abattoir Gallery, Waterloo Arts and WOLFS.

 

In the spring of 2021, Newell worked with artist Anna Chapman, creating an immersive-themed show at Waterloo Arts, and in 2022, participated in the CAN Triennial of Northeast Ohio, where a work of hers was purchased by the Cleveland Art Association (Carta).

 

Today, Newell’s primary medium is clay, creating dimensional sculptures and relief tiles, while continuing to paint and work with mixed media. She recently added the art of creating large-scale parade puppets to her bailiwick. Of late, Newell draws inspiration and perspective from a broad swath of subject matter, including biological systems, philosophy, history, psychology, literature, and architecture. As a process artist, her works unfold as conversation between form and content, playing with scale, color, and material to tell stories and convey feeling.  Newell also teaches, working within underserved neighborhoods, offering classes in local artistic spaces, as well as working with individuals to facilitate custom ceramics projects.

 

Kristen Newell: Unfolding Exhibition April 14 - May 27, 2023

Works by Kristen Newell

Four Three Two One by Kristen Newell

Four Three Two One, 2015 Kristen Newell

One Who Flew Out the Window by Kristen Newell

One Who Flew Out the Window, 2015 Kristen Newell

Friends by Kristen Newell

Friends, 2016 Kristen Newell

Beast of the Apocalypse by Kristen Newell

Beast of the Apocalypse, 2019 Kristen Newell

The Tower by Kristen Newell

The Tower, 2019 Kristen Newell

Lamb by Kristen Newell

Lamb, 2019 Kristen Newell

Husk by Kristen Newell

Husk, 2020 Kristen Newell

Venus with Koalas in Her Hair by Kristen Newell

Venus with Koalas in Her Hair, 2020 Kristen Newell

Man Descending by Kristen Newell

Man Descending, 2020 Kristen Newell

Woman with Sword by Kristen Newell

Woman with Sword, 2021 Kristen Newell

Process I by Kristen Newell

Process I, 2021 Kristen Newell

Persephone Descending by Kristen Newell

Persephone Descending, 2021 Kristen Newell

Tempering by Kristen Newell

Tempering, 2021 Kristen Newell

Gardener by Kristen Newell

Gardener, 2021 Kristen Newell

Sanctuary by Kristen Newell

Sanctuary, 2021 Kristen Newell

Who Turned Off the Radio? by Kristen Newell

Who Turned Off the Radio?, 2022 Kristen Newell

Process III by Kristen Newell

Process III, 2022 Kristen Newell

200 Million Years by Kristen Newell

200 Million Years, 2022 Kristen Newell

Maybe She's Not a Straight On Type of Gal by Kristen Newell

Maybe She's Not a Straight On Type of Gal, 2022 Kristen Newell

Process II by Kristen Newell

Process II, 2022 Kristen Newell

Bather with Sandcastles by Kristen Newell

Bather with Sandcastles, 2023 Kristen Newell

Point of Contact by Kristen Newell

Point of Contact, 2023 Kristen Newell

Ken's Girlfriend's Neck by Kristen Newell

Ken's Girlfriend's Neck, 2023 Kristen Newell

Bather with Flowers by Kristen Newell

Bather with Flowers, 2023 Kristen Newell

Marbled Head by Kristen Newell

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Marbled Head, 2016 Kristen Newell

American Spirit by Kristen Newell

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American Spirit, 2016 Kristen Newell

Grounding by Kristen Newell

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Grounding, 2018 Kristen Newell

Turquoise Dog by Kristen Newell

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Turquoise Dog, 2019 Kristen Newell

Green-Winged Teal by Kristen Newell

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Green-Winged Teal, 2019 Kristen Newell

Alpaca by Kristen Newell

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Alpaca, 2019 Kristen Newell

River by Kristen Newell

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River, 2020 Kristen Newell

Convalescence by Kristen Newell

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Convalescence, 2020 Kristen Newell

Song of Creation by Kristen Newell

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Song of Creation, 2020 Kristen Newell

Jupiter by Kristen Newell

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Jupiter, 2021 Kristen Newell

Rocco and Petie by Kristen Newell

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Rocco and Petie, 2021 Kristen Newell

Figure Study by Kristen Newell

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Figure Study, 2021 Kristen Newell

Persephone Rising by Kristen Newell

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Persephone Rising, 2021 Kristen Newell

Propagation by Kristen Newell

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Propagation, 2021 Kristen Newell

Persephone Amputated by Kristen Newell

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Persephone Amputated, 2021 Kristen Newell

Little Pony by Kristen Newell

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Little Pony, 2022 Kristen Newell

Vessel by Kristen Newell

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Vessel, 2022 Kristen Newell

Rabbit by Kristen Newell

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Rabbit, 2022 Kristen Newell

Enigma by Kristen Newell

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Enigma, 2022 Kristen Newell

I Know it Isn't Right by Kristen Newell

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I Know it Isn't Right, 2023 Kristen Newell

Emergent Cat by Kristen Newell

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Emergent Cat, 2023 Kristen Newell

Charcuterie by Kristen Newell

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Charcuterie, 2023 Kristen Newell