Albert Newall

  • Born 1920 in Manchester, UK
  • Died 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa

Albert Newall was a British-born painter and photographer who settled in South Africa in 1947. He worked as an aerial photographer before and during World War II, and later commented that his work as an artist was inspired by that mode of viewing the world, as well as by his cave explorations. After early painting experiments with Cubist and Surrealist styles, he turned to hard-edge abstraction in the late 1950s. Newall was included in the exhibition South African Non-figurative Art at the Bienal de São Paulo in 1959. His photographs, like his paintings, reflect his interests in geometry, patterning, and shadow, recalling the compositional strategies of the so-called New Objectivity photographers of the early twentieth century. Newall’s work left a legacy to the people of South Africa: The photography collection at Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town, was established in 1965, based on the gift of 135 prints by Newall from the Cape Tercentenary Foundation. Since Newall’s death, his work has been shown in three historical surveys of South African abstract painting mounted at Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary (SMAC) Gallery, located in Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

Artworks by Albert Newall in the exhibition