Heath Newman is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Melbourne. Heavily influenced by the art of The Southern School (China/Japan) and Bonsai which Newman learned from his father; Heath draws from the idea of Literati: the scrawl of the drunken monk. Literati is a culture of art formed in China and then Japan notably concerned with ink painting, splashes, calligraphic scrawls and minimalistic plant styling (bonsai.) This culture of painting and the creation of bonsai were deep in philosophical subtext concerning the art of harmonious involvement with nature. Drawing from this Newman’s work incorporates elements of hesitancy and fragility into the confident physical gestures of abstract expressionism. Combining fragments of still life, mythology, strokes, scrawls and colour fields Heath describes his work as a mental map; both of his subconscious and of the greater, collective consciousness. These concepts endlessly inform Newman’s work, alongside the exploration of texture, tone, perception and depth; the rise of colour in the human eye and brain, the appreciation and discrimination of harmony and the confusion and intrigue of visual perception.