Stuart Newman spent 4 years at Coventry College of art and did a post graduate year at the Central School of Art and Design in London.
There followed a career as an Art Director in various advertising agencies in Chicago, Paris Milan, Hong Kong and Frankfurt, where he worked on accounts including Kelloggs, Cadburys, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Strongbow Cider and The Macallan Whisky. Stuart also travelled widely in America on photographic assignments.
He co-authored a book with his copy writer, Nick Souter, ‘The Creative Directors' Source Book’ a history of advertising decade by decade since 1953.
Stuart was fortunate enough to have collaborated with Sir Peter Blake on one of Sir Peter’s celebratory octogenarian projects.
Inspired by his friendship and working with Sir Peter Blake, Stuart began painting in 2012 and his work is now in private collections nationally and abroad.
Stuart’s work was chosen for exhibition at the Royal Academy show in summer 2015.
Stuart Newman’s take on 'Dazzle' (see below) is beguiling, beautifully detailed and quirky.
Each piece is unique and includes found objects such as antique portholes, maps, wood, weathered and rusty brass and copper.
At the start of World War I, German U-boats were hugely successful in their torpedo attacks on shipping.
Faced with heavy losses, the British government decided to introduce a counter-intuitive camouflage for ships called ‘Dazzle Camouflage’ (also ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (US) or Dazzle Painting)
Dazzle painting, was used extensively in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II and later.* Its invention was credited to the British marine artist, Norman Wilkinson.
Dazzle Camouflage was adopted by the Admiralty in the UK, and then by the United States Navy
Dazzle was ingenious: complex patterns of brightly coloured, abstract patterns, misleading and geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other that gave U-boat commanders ‘visual fatigue’ thus slowing down their calculation time prior to firing torpedoes.
The original intention of Dazzle was not to conceal, but to make it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed, and heading. Norman Wilkinson explained in 1919 that he had intended Dazzle more to mislead the enemy about a ship's course and so to take up a poor firing position, than actually to cause the enemy to miss his shot when firing.
Each ship's Dazzle pattern was unique to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to the enemy
Dazzle attracted the notice of artists such as Picasso, who claimed that Cubists like himself had invented it.
*(Patterns reminiscent of dazzle camouflage are sometimes used to mask test cars during trials. During the 2015 Formula 1 testing period, the Red Bull RB11 car was painted in a scheme intended to confound rival teams' ability to analyse its aerodynamics).
'Porthole Copper with Dazzle and Void'
' Dazzle with Wood'
'Rusty Cream Dazzle with Port'
'Red Dazzle in the Atlantic'