Newton points out that the art collection is not restricted to well-to-do members of coffeehouse society. “One of the key points that I like to emphasize is that I’m not a wealthy person,” he explains. “It’s all relative, but I encourage collectors to say it’s not just for the rich.”
Over thirty years ago, Newton began his private collection with affordable prints. Subsequently, he and his wife Cathi acquired hundreds of prized works of art. The Newton collection includes sculptures, pastels, watercolors and drawings, but especially oil paintings by eminent American artists. Typically, he buys the art and she decides where the pieces go.
The Newtons acquire art through many places, making their own discoveries and decisions: “We have an aesthetic. We have a good intuition,” he says.
The Newtons do not hire an interior designer to install their art. “I can’t even imagine a professional coming to take care of it for us. There are people who need it because they don’t have the ability to do it themselves. But we’ve been to the homes of close friends – not casual friends – and said, “What if you move this room down?” Or hang them together? »
Newton credits his mother with shaping his artistic sensibility.
“I was influenced by my mother, who had a great sense of design and beauty,” he recalls. “We didn’t have any money growing up, so it was very modest, but she kept a nice house with nice things, but not of great value.”
Having also worked for decades as a kitchen designer, Newton’s keen sense of proportion, balance and quality informs his connoisseur’s eye.
“That was a real factor in the collection,” he says. “I always recognize good design, whether in sculpture, painting or drawing.”
The Newton collection inadvertently expanded to include themes: maritime, nocturnal and snow scene paintings.
“It wasn’t intentional,” Newton says. “Beauty and quality are my themes.”