Dr. Robert A. Newell
Dr. Robert A. Newell PhD MA BA(Hons) PGCE studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and was more recently awarded a University of Wales doctorate. His work in painting and drawing has passed through certain distinct phases in relation to places, themes and formal concerns: the North Sea coast, destroyed urban environments, and now predominantly rocks and clouds in Wales and Cumbria. Robert has exhibited work in a range of venues including Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Royal Cambrian Academy (of which he's a member), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Oriel Ynys Mon, Oriel Ceri Richards and other galleries in Wales, London, Dusseldorf, Colorado, etc.
From 1978 he taught adult education courses for the London Borough of Merton, going on to include Kingston-upon-Thames and Croydon. He then went on to teach part-time at Hounslow Borough College, full-time at North Devon College and, from 1993 to 2014 he was a senior lecturer at what is now Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, formerly Swansea Institute of Higher Education. His role varied considerably, latterly he was the pathway leader for MA Fine Art and a research supervisor for some PhDs, while also teaching on BA (Hons) Fine Art.
Turner has been a life long enthusiasm, fundamental to Roberts motivation to paint. Ruskin has also been particularly important both in terms of his drawings and critical doctrines. Certain aspects of philosophy have also been integral to Roberts practice and teaching, particularly concerning Kant, Schelling and Whitehead. He considers philosophy, along with the history of art and the history of ideas generally, should all have a more prominent role in education.