2023 ARTIST BIOS | Chainsaw Newton

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About Chainsaw Newton

As time progresses Christian Newton’s life experience seems to increasingly reflect his sculptural themes of repair, renewal and regrowth. The inspiration for the creatures and natural world of his home in the northern rivers. His curiosity and passion for his environment shows clearly in his art making. As does his humorous – some might say “quirky” nature.

2022 brought more challenges for Christian than previous years. Soon after his home town on Chinderah in northern NSW was flooded, he fractured his neck in an auto accident. He himself is an example of his ethos of repair, renewal and regrowth after his long recovery. This year has already seen Christian opening a new studio and commit himself to sculpting as a career.

Expect big things in 2023

2023 SWELL ARTWORK – Storm’s Herald

Raspy calls of black cockatoos give reason for us to heed the weather.
Often their song speaks of an impeding storm,
Living in the Tweed caldera gives opportunities viewing unique local wildlife.
Their daily interactions often give personality to their habits.
None more than our black cockatoos with their laconic manner of flight and timely warnings.

As an artist working outdoors, I have come to rely on their message with more earnest than our nightly news weather reports.
‘Storm’s Herald’ is my portrayal of their spirit.


Instagram: @chainsawnewton

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 8th – 17th September