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Meet the Alumnus: Rupert Newman, Light Artist

29 October 2018 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

Rupert Newman has been the go-to light installation artist for luxury weddings in the south of France this past summer. We found out more about what the TexSelect alumnus is up to.

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a splendid seaside villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. Built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, it sums up all the grandeur of the Cote d’Azur. And this year it’s been a regular haunt for TexSelect alumnus Rupert Newman, an artist who projects spectacular light shows onto buildings.

Newman co-hosted a champagne party for event planners based in the French Riviera back in April to show them how he works. As he puts it modestly, “I think I sufficiently dazzled them”. Almost overnight, it seems, he’s become the go-to man for weddings, more often than not at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

Back in 2010, Newman was already experimenting with projections at the Royal College of Art when he was chosen to be a TexSelect (then Texprint) designer. “It was such an honour,” he recalled. “For TexSelect, I created one of my first-ever public projection pieces – projecting light effects onto a three-metre silk-screen wall hanging.”

What the events planners – and their wedding clients – love about his work is the flamboyant use of colour and sense of fun that stem from his textile print designs. This is not about tasteful restraint: Newman throws decorum to the winds, projecting, for example, a Great White Shark coming head-on towards the viewer. He delivers a light show that synchronises the visuals with the building’s dimensions and music for an explosion of sound and light.

He’s also good at the business aspect of his work, marketing himself cleverly with his champagne party and developing a technique that enables him to set up in double-quick time. His Instagram account shows off his work beautifully to his 15,000 followers, including many events planners. Over the past eight years, he’s worked for a huge array of clients including Dom Perignon, Warner Music, Yahoo, Pinewood and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Next up for Rupert? Another wedding, this time at Elmore Court, a 16thcentury Grade II* listed country mansion near Stroud, Gloucestershire. Expect more flamboyance from the man dubbed by Vogue as “The King of Projections”.

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