Avis is a highly regarded British artist who since the 1980s has produced large-scale drawings made directly on un-stretched canvas. These works show a preoccupation with notions of origin, memory, and the genesis of the mark.
Drawing has been at the heart of her making, writing and curatorial activities. She was a Professor in Drawing at The Centre for Drawing at Wimbledon between 2006-9 where she ran a program of residencies, events, teaching and publications, including the series of ‘Notes’ that came out of the residencies at The Centre for Drawing.
In 2003 Newman curated ‘The Stage of Drawing – Gesture and Act’ where she selected over 120 drawings from the Tate Collection that demonstrated her understanding of drawing as a set of actions that convey sensation before and beyond language; and how drawing is a unique exploratory form of thought distillation.
Avis Newman’s work has been the subject of numerous national and international shows including the Lisson Gallery, London 1998; The Drawing Centre, New York, 2002; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2003; Saatchi Gallery, London 1994; The National Gallery in Prague, 1999; The Moscow Biennale 2013; and was included in ‘On Line: Drawing through the Twentieth Centaury’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010. Her work is in many significant collections including the Tate.