David Newey is an artist who primarily works in graphic art and comics, creating work that straddles the boundaries of many different media. His practice is deeply rooted in the notion of the artist hand, craft the regeneration of his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent. Through Newey's labour intensive drawing style, he seeks to emulate the traditional techniques of the ceramic production process. His practice currently investigates copper-plate etching, appropriating this traditional print technique into a multi-disciplinary space.
"Stoke Without : Inferno"
"Stoke Without : Inferno" is the first part of an ongoing conceptual comic strip based upon my time working on the former Spode factory in Stoke-upon-Trent, utilising the narrative structure of Dante's "Divine Comedy". It documents the decline of the ceramics industry and its effect on the local community, the following sections will explore the heritage of Stoke (Purgatory) and its potential for regeneration (Paradise). This section of the comic is intended to give the viewer the sense of both the craft and skill inherent to Stokes inhabitants, what has been lost, but also its amazing potential for sympathetic renewal.