A group of pattern-field paintings, having an initiating basis, reference and in homage to a painting by William DeKooning called “Excavation” located at the Art Institute of Chicago. All are oils on canvas, 60 x 84 inches to 46 x 55 inches, from 2012 — 2015. The action painting of DeKooning in these pieces has been reinterpreted into dense textures of overlaying images. All are titled “Re-excavation,” numbered and subtitled.
Michael Newhall has a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught there, in Japan at the Osaka Institute of Art, at Western Michigan University, at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and at Naropa University, and has published work in Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines. The exhibition and the collections of his work has been mainly in Chicago and the Midwest.
Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otokawa Roshi in the early seventies. He was ordained in the mid-eighties by Chino Roshi and also in Japan by Kobun's brother, Kiebun Otogawa Roshi, with whom he did ceremony and temple training. He also practiced with Dainin Katagiri Roshi and Tozen Akiyama Roshi. Monastery training was with Tenshin Reb Anderson at Tassajara, and also under Kobun Chino Roshi as shuso of angos at both Hokoji and Jikoji temples. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji. He received Dharma Transmission in 2004 through Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmer. Since that time Shoho Michael Newhall has been the guiding teacher at Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos, California.