Approved: 19.02.2011

Stephen Lewis

Artist

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Approved: 19.02.2011

The first thing to be said about Steve Lewis's work is that it is not spurious. Its genuine sculptural quality is not something guaranteed in any way by his having learnt he has from Cubism, Gonzalez, Smith, Caro and many others, or from the steel in which he works. He could have absorbed all those influences as well as becoming the proficient technician he is and yet remained null as an artist. Lewis's

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

The first thing to be said about Steve Lewis's work is that it is not spurious. Its genuine sculptural quality is not something guaranteed in any way by his having learnt he has from Cubism, Gonzalez, Smith, Caro and many others, or from the steel in which he works. He could have absorbed all those influences as well as becoming the proficient technician he is and yet remained null as an artist. Lewis's quality as a sculptor lies in his ability to animate the structure and weight of his pieces visually. He makes the sheer stuff of his art dance. That might seem an odd word to use in the light of some of Lewis's less mouvemente pieces but if you broaden the word to take in, for instance, the rocking of boat tied to a quay or even the kind of presence a docked liner has: still for the moment but resonant of voyage, then my remark holds. He imbues his material with a kind of music. A factor is his ability to use colour to enhance feeling. Colour applied in abstract sculpture often looks arbitrary. In Lewis's work it is integral. He is not scared of illusion and colour enhances the visual ambiguity of his work. He has great facility as if sculpture came easily to him. This is hard won effect but not many have such flair. Gusto and brio are artistic impressions. Only a good artist can pull them off. John McLean

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - Stephen Lewis New Sculptures and Drawings , The Cut Gallery, Halesworth , Suffolk 2012 - Stephen Lewis Sculpture , Lewisham Healthcare Trust, Lewisham, London 2006 - New Sculpture, Galerie Schlassgoart , Esch sur Alzette Luxembourg 2006 - Stephen Lewis New Sculpture and Drawings , Galerie Schlassgoart Esch sur Alzette , Luxembourg 2003 - Stephen Lewis New Work , Johnys DIY Deptford, London 1996 - Stephen Lewis New Sculptures , Atrium Gallery,Price Waterhouse Coopers, The Strand, London 1996 - Stephen Lewis Sculpture , Galerie Schlassgoart, Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg 1993 - Stephen Lewis New Sculpture and Drawings, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London 1992 - Stephen Lewis Sculpture, Christchurch Mansion , Ipswich 1990 - Stephen Lewis New Sculpture , Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester 1990 - Stephen Lewis New Works, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London 1988 - Stephen Lewis New Sculpture , Francis Graham -Dixon Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2011 - Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London 2009 - Collection 15 Years, Pavillon du Centenaire/Arcelor Mittal, Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg 1991 - Kunst Europa, Kirkzarten Kunstverein, Germany 1991 - Triangle Workshop Exhibition , White Plains NYS, New York State 1989 - Gallery Artists , Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London 1988 - New Sculpture , Fuse Gallery Smithfield, London 1987 - Sculpture 87 , Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury Uk 1986 - Eight Artists , William Morris Gallery, London 1984 - Four Plus One , The Showroom Gallery, London 1984 - New Sculpture Stephen Lewis and Mary Shemilt , Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 1982 - Jan Van Eyck Annual Exhibition , Dominicarnekirk, Maastricht, The Nederlands 1981 - Three Painters and one Sculptor, Studio Rengen, Mechelen, Nederlands 1980 - The First Picture Show , Sainsbury Centre University of East Anglia , Norwich 1979 - New Contemporaries , ICA, London 1979 - Northern Young Contemporaries , Whitworth Gallery, Manchester