JAMES LEWIS, OIL CECIL BYRNE GALLERY, CHARLESTON, SC
Born in Pennsylvania in 1953 Lewis realized at an early age that he had a gift and calling in artistic pursuits. He has a BFA degree from Columbus College of Art and Design. His artistic influences range from Whistler to Wolf Kahn as well as many contemporaries in American painting. Lewis has had years of professional experience as an illustrator, art director, designer, and University art instructor. Personally his painting is influenced by his work as a designer, illustrator and from years of painting and instructing watercolor. The result is a sense of order, balanced by spontaneity and energetic palette knife and brushwork, direct and intuitive. His new paintings are mature yet fresh, a poetic synthesis of simplification and expression, allowing for abstract passages within subjective compositions. Believing that environment and relationship also fuel creativity, travels including an extended stay in SW Florida, have provided enormous amounts of inspiration, as does his wife Sherry who is his favorite model for figurative work. Also significant is the response, and relationship with the gallery, the community, and collectors.