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Dorothy Newland

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Dorothy Newland, Australian artist, 2008
'Best Blessing of All is Water... (Pindar)' Oil on canvas, 2012.

Dorothy Newland (30 October 1940 – 15 August 2018) was an abstract painter who exhibited in Perth and Mandurah, Western Australia. She used different methods, building up canvases to explore light, colour, and texture.[1]

Artistic career[edit]

Newland first began exhibiting her paintings with other painters at Perth Galleries and Edith Cowan University in four exhibitions in 1994 and 1995 while she was studying there. Her first solo exhibition was held in Maylands, Perth, in 1999. Since then, her paintings have been exhibited widely in Western Australia and included in the collections of Mandurah City Council, Edith Cowan University, and Central Bore Nickel in Perth.

In 2013, she won the Rotary Club of Pinjarra Art Award, Open First Prize. This was controversial, if only because the painting she had submitted was abstract in an exhibition that showed largely traditional realistic paintings of Australian scenery. After first exhibiting in Mandurah in 2008, Newland and her husband Clive moved down to Mandurah to live. In 2011, she had joined the newly-formed INQB8 which was later renamed CASM. She held two periods of Artist-in-Residence from June to July 2012 and from July 2013 to August 2014, painting for her exhibitions, From the Studio to the Sea and Halcyon Days.[2][3][4]

From 1994 to her death in 2018, Newland had contributed regularly to group exhibitions in Perth, Fremantle, Margaret River, and Geraldton, Western Australia. In all, she mounted six solo exhibitions. Her most successful exhibition was at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in 2018 when almost all her paintings sold and she was acknowledged by the local arts community and their patrons. Her final contribution was to the shared exhibition, 360 Degrees, held at the Gallows in Mosman Park, Perth.[5][6]


During Newland’s studies, she struck up a friendship with her mentor, Elizabeth Ford. An influential local painter, Ford was a key influence on Newland's exploration of abstraction and paint application. Many of Newland's earlier paintings were mixed media. She used materials such as plaster, art compound and wax to build up the canvas and give a sense of three dimensionality. Sometimes, she included leaves and other items. As she developed her style, she used thicker and thicker layers and blocks of paint on the canvas. Besides texture, she was interested in exploring the qualities of light and colour.[1] Her subject matter ranged widely from industrial scenery to Japanese stones, from jars and tables to flowers and pears, from light on the water to the great salt lakes in central Australia. In this way, it included but was not confined to traditional themes in women’s art: domestic utensils were used as subjects in some of her paintings but abstract paintings of scenery showed the extent of her travel. Newland's influences were as varied as her subjects. Travelling widely with her husband, she drew inspiration from many painters first-hand.[7]


'The Violet Hour - (T.S. Eliot)' Oil on canvas, 2012
Summer Salt Plane 2 Oil and acrylic on canvas, 2014
'The Blue Vase' Acrylic on board, 2007

Solo exhibitions[edit]

'Table with objects' Mixed media on canvas, 2001

2018 Horizons, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA.
2014 Halcyon Days. CASM (Contemporary Art Spaces, Mandurah), Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, WA.
2012 From the Studio to the Sea. INQB8 Gallery (now CASM), Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, WA.
2008 About Colour and Paint. Alcoa Art Gallery, Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, WA.
2003 Where Light Dances. Gallows Gallery, Glyde St, Mosman Park, WA.
2001 Pictures and Paintings. Country Road Cafe, Murray St, Perth, WA.
1999 Homescapes and Escapes from Home. Old Bakery on Eighth Gallery, Eighth Ave, Maylands, WA.

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

2018 360 Degrees. Gallows Gallery, 53 Glyde St, Mosman Park, WA.
2015 Tiny Treasures. CASM, (formerly INQB8), Mandurah, WA.
2013 Short Notice. INQB8 Gallery, Mandurah, WA.
2011 Four by Four. Jahroc Galleries, Margaret River, WA.
2011 Short Notice. INQB8 Gallery, Mandurah, WA.
2010 Soroptimists Exhibition. Old Bakery on Eighth Gallery, Maylands, WA.
2008 It’s About Time. Old Bakery on Eighth Gallery, Maylands, WA.
2007 Showcase WA. Old Bakery on Eighth Gallery, Maylands, WA.
2001 Outrageous, Colourful and Fun. Lyndon Gallery, Swan Valley, WA.
1999 Cross-Currents. Old Bakery on Eighth Gallery, Maylands, WA.
1998 Shadows, Surface, Substance. Geraldton Regional Gallery, Geraldton, WA (Supported by a Pat Corrigan Grant).
1997 Shadows, Surface, Substance. The New Collectables, Fremantle, WA.
1996/95/94 Summer Art Prize. Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, WA.
1995 Graduation Exhibition. Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, WA.
1994 Post-Impressions, Lombok. Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, WA.
1994 Colour Can, Colour Does, Colour Is. Perth Galleries, West Perth, WA.


  • Rotary Club of Pinjarra Art Award, Open First Prize, 2013


Newland's work is held in a number of collections, including:

  • Mandurah City Council
  • Edith Cowan University, Perth
  • Central Bore Nickel, Perth
  • Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, China and France


  1. 1.0 1.1 Burgess, Jill 2/04/2008 “Newland’s art an expression of her life” The Times: 77.
  2. "Mandurah artist back by popular demand". Mandurah Mail. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  3. Gallows Gallery 4/07/2018 360 Degrees https://www.gallowsgallery.com/so/eMHYrMOs#/main
  4. "CASM Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah | Mandurah Activities". www.visitmandurah.com. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  5. "Mandurah artists 360 degrees". Community News Group. 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  6. Gallows Gallery 4/07/2018 360 Degrees https://www.gallowsgallery.com/so/eMHYrMOs#/main
  7. Calautti, Lisa 12/06/2007 “Journeys into Art” Stirling Times: 19

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