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Louis St Lewis
Louis St.Lewis is a compelling artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who, has gained considerable exposure and recognition for a wide range of creative endeavors including painting, sculpture and collage. He is also known for reliefs and assemblage works which rely on actual dimensional objects for their symbolic support. St. Lewis is one of a number of artists working today with a fascination for the past. His work generally plays off classic Greek and Roman themes, or early 19th century images which he subverts and updates to address a range of contemporary issues.. His style is an eclectic mix of expressionism and pop, figuration and abstraction, narrative and decoration.- combining fragments of diverse source material-which when removed from their original context and placed within his work - take on new, often symbolic meaning.
St. Lewis recognizes that to understand the present, you must know the past. His works are a pointed reminder that myths are the stories of our quest through the ages for meaning and truth; and that mythology can provide clues to the problems and issues we face as a society today. For St. Lewis, mythology is the guidepost in his own search for answers; and while each work makes clear reference to the source from which they are drawn, the stories are re-scripted to satisfy his own fantasies and interests.
Tom W. Jones
Director of the Museum of the Southwest
I quickly realized that St. Lewis is one of those individuals whose work doesn’t stop at the edge of the canvas, so to speak. Instead, it infuses all aspects of his life, from the way he talks to the way he dresses to the way he decorates his environment where he lives and works. On one level, he’s a performance artist for whom the performance never ends, and his individual paintings, collages and assemblages are props and pieces of the constantly evolving stage set that his studio and the world-at-large comprise for him.
The artworks of Louis St. Lewis are found in the permanent collections of several prominent museums, as well as well as in numerous private collections worldwide