Theme/Style Modernism, California Regionalism, figurative art, landscapes
Media Oils, lithographs
Artistic Focus In creating his landscapes, Warren Newcombe drew upon his early studio training in Boston, as well as the influence of Matisse and Dufy. It was the influence of the Modernists that moved Warren Newcombe from his early, formal style, to his better-known, more individual and anti-academic manner – a style in which flat planes of color and broad, heavy outlines turn ordinary scenes into sinuous, semi-abstracted dreamscapes. Newcombe’s work, whatever the subject matter, demonstrates a careful merging of emotion and intellect as it expresses the American scene. Its color vibrates and explodes; its treatment of subjects is uninhibited, brave, strong and at the same time delicate, clear, forceful, and well-conceived.
• In his early years, Warren Newcombe worked in
the film industry, first in the East for both the Selznick Company and
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