Gordon Newell lived in Pacific Grove, California and studied art at Occidental College and UC Berkeley. He apprenticed with Robert Stackpole on a sculpture project at the San Francisco Stock Exchange in 1929-32. Newell taught at Occidental College and the Chouinard Art Institute. He was once married to noted Hollywood star Gloria Stuart. His sculptures are in permanent collections of Oakland Museum of California Art and San Diego Museum of Art. Together with sculptor James Hunolt, Newell is also credited with creating the Haupt Fountains, located on the Ellipse in Washington, DC, near the White House.