Featured Artist: Dave Newman

The Timeless and Eclectic World of Dave Newman

We are very proud to announce mixed media collage artist and fellow gallery owner, Dave Newman, as our Featured Artist for the month of March. Dave presented his latest work during an Artist Reception on Friday, March 23rd from 5-8pm.

Dave Newman is a self-taught artist living in Prescott, Arizona. Originally from Southern California, Dave moved to Arizona in 1997. His passion for found objects or “junk” as he calls it, started at a young age. Growing up in Anaheim, he was fascinated by the old motel signs and was “mesmerized by sign graphics and sign illustration that made the area distinctive in those years.” As he matured he became interested in drag racing and bought his first car in 1971, a 1963 Ford Falcon when he was only 15 for $35.00! He believes these early experiences helped him become the artist he is today.

Dave creates mixed media collage constructions out of his own original photographs as well as found objects and vintage magazine articles and advertisements. Dave uses all of these elements to construct what he calls nostalgic “time capsules” due to their focus on historic locations and recycled objects from the past.

Since 2004, Dave has created the original artwork for PF Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. Fender Guitar’s Custom Shop has also worked with Dave for years to create numerous guitar sets; many of which have been featured in Fender’s catalogs and calendars.

One of his favorite collage constructions, as well as one of his largest pieces (6’5” x 19.5’) hangs in the Palace Bar and Restaurant on Whiskey Row in Prescott. His collectors include Phoenix Home and Garden Idea House, the Fender Guitar Museum in Germany, San Antonio’s Z Tejas Grill, Warner Brothers Records, as wells as Ajo Aj’s Restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Dave and his lovely wife, Donna, opened the Newman Gallery almost 18 years ago. It is a destination stop for many tourists and collectors.