Biography



Christian Newby’s practice suggests approaching the intersections of creative production through horizontal rather than vertical, or hierarchical paths. Through his practice he seeks to examine and broadly subvert metrics pertaining to value and skill within fine and applied arts practices. Newby is currently looking at the industrial carpet-tufting gun as a case study in how the roles of artist, artisan and fabricator are determined by terminal belief systems in productivity and commodification. His unique technique of ‘drawing with carpet’ redirects the manufacturing function of the carpet-tufting gun and instead explores its capacities as a mark-making tool, while observing its fundamental equivalences to the pencil, spray can, paintbrush and tattoo needle. Newby’s textiles carry an awareness of the anonymity of globalized commercial production and mass labour, in direct contrast with the skilful mastery equated with artisanal handicraft.



UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


26 March - 15 May 2021 The drum, the chime, the scrape, the splash, the jerk, Patricia Fleming, Glasgow


May 2021 Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2019 Brick-Wall-Spider-Web-Post-It-Note, Beers London


2016 Tetracontameron, Space In Between, London


2015 Pots and Tiles, Ceramic shop with Ana Martinez 

Fernandez, Space in Between, London


2014 Party Time, Space in Between Project Space, London


2013 Blue and Blonde and Among the Living, Space In Between, London


2013 Breton Wall, w/ Ana Martínez Fernández, Vitrine Gallery, London


2011 Christian Newby, Galerie OÙ, Marseille, France


2011 Parlour Apes, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK


2011 Stillmatic, Studio Warehouse, Glasgow, UK


2009 Gazing Ball, curated by Nicolas Party, Glasgow Project Room Glasgow, UK


2009 Grey Goo, V8 Plattform, Karlsruhe, Germany


2008 Me Master, Him Blaster, w/ Nicolás Party,

SweetGeranium, Glasgow, UK


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2018 Spring Syllabus, J Hammond Projects, London


2017 Yo Compro Calidad, Matadero, Madrid


2017 Soft Formalities, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent, Canterbury


2016 Only Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris


2015 Studio Leigh, London


2014 A House is Not a Hotel, Pi Artworks, London


2014 Light/Colour/Object, Super Dakota, Brussels


2014 Whitechapel Gallery/Swarovski Art Icon: Howard Hodgkin, Whitechapel Gallery, London


2013 Consomme, Kinman Gallery, London


2013 Always Be Working, part of the Dazed and Confused Magazine/Converse/Whitechapel Gallery


2013 Emerging Artist Award, Londonnewcastle Project Space, London


2013 Arts + Chips, MOT International Project Space, London


2013 Le Club des Sous L’Eau, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


2013 Interior 301, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris


2013 Green Screen, Modern Edinburgh Film School, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh


2012 Toilet Group/Shift Happening/Live and On Fire’, in collaboration with Amelia Bywater, Intermedia, Glasgow


2011 New Work Scotland Programme, collaboration with Amelia Bywater, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


AWARDS/RESIDENCIES


2019 Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Artist-in-Residence, Hong Kong


2017 Matadero Madrid El Ranchito exchange with Arthouse Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria


2016 Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient


2015 URRA/Gasworks Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina


2013 Dazed & Confused/Whitechapel Gallery Emerging Artist Award, London


2012-2013 Florence Trust Residency, London


2011 New Work Scotland Programme, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


2010 Triangle Arts Trust, Triangle France residency, Marseille.


PUBLICATIONS


2019 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, published by Thames and Hudson, ed. by Kurt Beers


2014 The White Review (cover), Issue no. 10, London


2013 Nouvelle Vague, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


2012 Rebecca, w/ Amelia Bywater, Printed in conjunction with Collective Gallery for New Work Scotland Programme, publication, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


2009 Victor & Hester Journal, Issue Four, commissioned centerfold image.