At New Art Rivals, we specialize in creating original art that celebrates the great parts of sports, athletics, and pop culture related rivalries.
Our art is created with mixed medium, traditional methods. Each piece is an original creation that gives fans of any team, franchise, and location an opportunity to celebrate their loyalties.
"At New Art Rivals, your team always wins."
Started in 2015 by myself, Audwynn Newman, and my wife, Vicky Haley-Newman, New Art Rivals has quickly turned a passion for both creativity and sports into a thriving business with customers all across the country. Our story is below.
I, Audwynn Newman, the artist behind the pieces, have long had an eye for dynamic images. My early influences were Star Wars and Godzilla movies compunded with 80's cartoons like Hong Kong Phooey, Johnny Quest, The Herculoids, Thundarr the Barbarian and many others.
After graduating high school, I attended the Joe Kubert School for Cartoon Graphics and Commercial Illustration in Dover, New Jersey from 1989-1991. I left school early to pursue my career in comics, forging my own path. After a difficult year filled with submissions and rejections of my work, I landed a one-shot splash page insert for Savage Sword of Conan Saga #81. That was followed by an offer for a short story in Marvel Comics' Excalibur Annual #1, an 8 issue contract on D.C Comics' Eclipso: The Darkness Within, and an offer to work on Conan The Adventurer for Marvel Comics
Stroke of Luck
After concept art and toy design, I transitioned to the corporate life, working as an Operations Manger for FedEx. This was a successful, albeit stressful, 15 years for me. The stress culminated into a stroke 2 weeks before my 45th Birthday, just before the official beginning of New Art Studios' new division "New Art Rivals."
In recolleciton, I see the stroke as the best thing to have ever happened to me. It helped me put everything in perspective. Art, my first love, was cooing to me, but the stroke took away the function of my right side, arm and hand in particular.
With the help of great doctors, physical, and occupational therapists, I began to use the art that had been calling me to retrain my mind and body. With their help, I was able to regain almost all function within 4 months. Now that I'm in business for himself, when I love my work, it always loves me back!
So New Art Rivals was born out of my darkest point in life. That's why it's my "Stroke of Luck" and I've never looked back. Now I get the pleasure of sharing my passion with as many people as possible. I want to thank you for joining me on the ride.
"Louisville Slugger" was the first image I completed after the stroke, while still in recovery. I see so many opportunities in the image but I also know how far I had to come to be able to complete it.
There's symbolism in this image about how I felt where I was, where I wanted to go, and how I felt about where I used to be and most of all my respect and homage to the greatest.