Rex Newell, born Fredericktown NSW 1939, now lives at Terrigal NSW.
Painter of Australian pubs and outback landscapes, everyday Life in Australia.
He completed an art and sign-writing course in Sydney but soon went back to the country and started painting genre subjects at his Mudgee studio.
He is now well known for his series of historic buildings and pubs around Australia
REX NEWELL – ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE
Rex Newell is one of Australia's best-known and best-loved artists. His depictions of rural towns and significant buildings in heartland Australia are legendary. They have earned him the admiration of such collectors as HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince's private collection includes at least one of Rex Newell's paintings. The artist is a master of infusing light and life into what he paints. The results are classic - the significant architecture of a town is enlivened by a boy and his dog, or a group of youngsters honing their cricket skills. Rex Newell has been responsible for several significant series of paintings, including Illustrations for the book "The Favourite Poems of Henry Lawson".
The Classic Aussie Pubs section of the Perth Mint's Australian Heritage Building series. This was a limited edition, framed set of hand-signed prints published by the Perth Mint in conjunction with their commemorative minting of a Holey Dollar coin and an associated dump medallion depicting a colour map showing the location of the relevant pub. The Classic Aussie Pubs set of six sold for Aust $2,370 each. The Perth Mint reports that all 100 sets have sold out. The book "Famous Australian Pubs", featuring Newell's famous pub scenes, is an icon of Australian memorabilia.