New Art - Conceptual Realism - Kris Lewis
Kris Lewis Beginnings
"Artwork is Love Made Visible" - Kris Lewis
Kris Lewis was born in 1978 in Jackson, New Jersey. With seven brothers and one sister he comes from what would today be considered a large family.
His parents are from (former Communist) Latvia. His mother worked hard to remind him of the familial roots and Latvian heritage & traditions. These glimpses can be seen in his work.
Lewis states as influences Alfonse Bougereau, Andrew Wyeth, Hans Holbein, Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch, Gustav Klimt, Antonio Mancini, and Jules-Bastien LePage.
Lewis studied Illustration at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.
Lewis' works have been shown in Los Angeles., San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Miami, London, and Hong Kong. He has also been featured in the magazines Juxtapoz and Modern Painters.
Subject of the Works
Lewis has stated that some of his works reflect personal struggles (his own and his parents) as well as common topics such as mortality and the human condition.
Some of what we've seen to date are simply character studies which he will expand upon at some future date. Considering how complete these "studies" look I can't wait to see the fully expressed ideas.
Lewis admits to using symbolism in some of his works. Specifically the ocean to express isolation and fire to express desolation.
Many, though not all, of Lewis' works are featured in the videos below.
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