Trying To Escape The Burden Of Excess

John Newdigate & Ian Garrett


Hand Painted, Glazed Porcelain, 2019


23cm H x 30cm D

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John Newdigate grew up in Cape Town and has worked as a professional artist and ceramist since 1991. Recurring themes in his work include the interplay of light and water; atmospheric

renderings of the man-made and natural landscape near his home in Swellendam at the foot of Langeberg mountains; as well as imaginatively exuberant plant, bird and animal motifs that are often a wry commentary on human interactions with the natural world. His work is represented in important South African public and private collections around the world.

“Informally schooled in the tradition on reduction fired stoneware from a young age, in recent times I have embraced my love of colour and specialised in hand-built underglaze painted, oxidation fired porcelain vessels depicting the world around me. Plants and animals are used to make wry commentary on human emotions and interactions”

John Newdigate, 2018

Solo Exhibitions


Flying Into The Wind, Nuweland Gallery, Netherlands


Square Clouds in a High Sky, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

Group Exhibitions


“8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse” Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany


“Potters 4 Function”, Irma Stern Musuem, Cape Town


Group Exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Mike Donkin’s Choice, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch


“Greenhouse Effects” A.R.T. Gallery, Cape Town

“North South East West” curated by Barbara Lindop, Johannesburg


David Walters and Friends, William Humphries Gallery, Kimberley

Renault Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg


Barbar Lindop, Invited Renault Artist Exhibition, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal


Group Exhibition, Bayside Gallery, Durban


Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town

1999 – 2001

Annual Studio Exhibition, Kalk Bay, Cape Town


South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town

William Humphries Public Art Gallery, Kimberley

Renault South Africa Corporate Collection, Johannesburg

Anglovaal Industries Corporate Collection, Johannesburg