Origins

Artist Claire Newman-Williams was born and raised in England and moved to America in 1988 where she worked primarily as a portrait photographer. Also known for photographing actors, her work appeared in numerous national and international publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Advocate. Claire Newman-Williams returned to the UK in 2005.

 A New Direction

After 20 years of working as a commercial and editorial photographer Claire Newman-Williams had become disenchanted by the hours spent sitting in front of a computer tweaking digital files and making people look pretty. She wanted her work to reflect more of her life. It has been said that creativity can simply be the process of learning about ourselves and for Claire Newman-Williams, the change that led to being an artist was when she stopped looking for things to photograph that could be “fine art” images and started looking instead for emotions and memories, feelings and thoughts she wanted to express. 

Claire Newman-Williams began by combining her own photographs with text and the inscriptions that other generations have left behind in old books to build a story using layers of recalled experience and nostalgia. These images collected in the project named “Strata” were printed on a textured Japanese paper and then mounted on antique book covers.

This process of layering evolved into the assemblage work she is currently working on.

‘Aphrodite Cries’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.

This one off piece of art is made using wood, glass, paper, cardboard, nails and leather.

Original wet plate collodion image by Claire Newman-Williams mounted in antique wooden box. Layered with found objects and vintage glass slide.

Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These Story Boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us.

2016

Original Art

28x19x5.5cm

‘Lincoln’s Pockets, 3’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.

This one off piece of art is made using wood, leather, glass, paper, cardboard and nails.

Original pinhole photographic images printed on Moenkopi Unryu paper combined with found text.

Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These Story Boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us.

2016

Original Art

25x18x4cm

‘The Agitator’s Death’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.

This one off piece of art is made using wood, leather, paper, cardboard, glass and nails.

Original wet plate collodion images by Claire Newman-Williams blended with found objects and text.

Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These Story Boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us.

2016

Original Art

27x22x5cm

‘The Boy with the Boat, 2’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.

This one off piece of art is made using wood, paper, leather, glass and nails.

A mixture of original images by Claire Newman-Williams shot on old polaroid film and blended with a found image and found text. Mounted in an antique writing slope.

Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These Story Boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us.

2016

Original Art

30x21.5x4cm

‘The Eye of The Beholder’ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.

This one off piece of art is made using wood, glass, paint, paper, cardboard and nails.

Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These Story Boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us.
Claire Newman-Williams sources the boxes themselves from auctions and house clearances and the contents of the box are the ephemera of everyday life, the junk that others throw away: old book covers, flakes of old textured paint, strips of leather, old nails, snippets of newspaper from years past. Vintage glass slide casings cover the photographic portraits giving the viewer the impression that they are being looked at from behind a window. The viewer becomes the viewed.

2016

Original Art

27x20x8cm

‘To Be Is Not To Question, 2′ is a wonderful piece of assemblage art by contemporary artist Claire Newman-Williams.

This one off piece of art is made using wood, paint, glass, leather and paper.

Combining original photographic images, usually portraits that Claire Newman-Williams creates with old cameras and alternative processes, with found objects. She creates collages layered and arranged in antique wooden boxes. These Story Boxes are intended to be like inner landscapes, addressing the recurrent themes of the smothering of identity and our fear of being seen – truly seen by those around us.
Claire Newman-Williams sources the boxes themselves from auctions and house clearances and the contents of the box are the ephemera of everyday life, the junk that others throw away: old book covers, flakes of old textured paint, strips of leather, old nails, snippets of newspaper from years past. Vintage glass slide casings cover the photographic portraits giving the viewer the impression that they are being looked at from behind a window. The viewer becomes the viewed

2016

Original Art

27x20x4cm