Steel sculptures by Chris Newcomb are a joy to behold. Pleasing to the eye, as well as the soul, they satisfy a primal need for the artist to create unique and inspiring artworks.
In 1977, Chris earned his BFA at East Carolina University focusing primarily on hand-built clay sculptures and vessels. In the late '80's and '90's his work expanded to include painting, found-object sculpture. and cartooning. From 1999 through 2010, Chris taught Creative Movie Making at the Maine College of Art (MECA), to middle and high school students. While there, he added printmaking to his repertoire. However, he soon found he wanted to translate his primitive print images into steel. (See images on the left). Taking a steel fabrication class at MECA changed everything! It opened a door to a world the artist had never considered. Although he'd successfully worked in many mediums through the years, working with steel felt like coming home. Chris notes that using a plasma cutter seems like the most natural extension of his hands of any tool he’s ever used.
An avid gardener, Newcomb loves creating unique spaces with plants and sculptural elements. The addition of a steel sculpture, a gong, a well-placed trellis, a solar luminary, an entryway, or a whimsical figure can turn an ordinary space into an “otherworld”- a space to enjoy, to contemplate in, to simply sit and be.
Newcomb is a retired school teacher having taught gifted & talented students fin Maine public schools for 30 years. Creativity and creative problem solving played a huge role in every class he taught. He is also an accomplished actor having been in far too many plays to mention, at least half a dozen independent films and dozens of local, regional and national commercials.
Chris is also an author and storyteller. You will find two of his books on Amazon.com: The Tiny Giant & The People of the Sky,
a compilation of fantastical short stories, and his latest non-fiction title: UP & OUT! Creative Ways to Get Unstuck.
The artist has called Maine home for 38 years.