Stanley Lewis has worked in two dimensions with painting and in three dimensions with sculpture. Tonight, he is going to…
Landscape painter Stanley Lewis continues to stumble onto inspiration in odd places — like the figurative paintings of Italian Renaissance painter Giotto Di Bondone.
Stanley Lewis has served as a visiting artist at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art each year for the past 25 years, but he’s interested in far more than his own work. [w/ SLIDESHOW]
Stanley Lewis has a big piece of white posterboard covered in artists, their art and thick black lines connecting them. It was the easiest way, he said, to convey the spiderweb of associations in his mind.
“It looks much better on the poster than it does when I’m saying it, because God, it’s a mess,” Lewis said. “When you look at this poster, you really get the idea that there’s a lot of cross-connecting.”
Chautauqua is the stage for Lewis’ explorations into mural-making because of the freedom he finds teaching at the School of Art and the beauty of the setting.
The artists that Lewis will talk about in his lecture at 7 p.m. tonight in the Hultquist Center include José Clemente Orozco, Jackson Pollock, Robert Thompson, Hans Hoffman, Hale Woodruff and Jan Müller. Lewis’ lecture spans multiple countries, exhibitions and time periods, but links all those artists together through their influences on one another.
Stanley Lewis watched a School of Art student begin a painting last week and immediately was captivated.
That instant transformation of a blank canvas into a forum of ideas and expression is what Lewis, an instructor at the New York Studio School and the School of Art, loves about painting.