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New Art - Conceptual Realism - Kris Lewis

Updated on January 29, 2012

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.

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Baltic SeaWith the WindWeathered OakUntitledLowtidesRose Zephyr
Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea | Source
With the Wind
With the Wind | Source
Weathered Oak
Weathered Oak | Source
Untitled | Source
Lowtides | Source
Rose Zephyr
Rose Zephyr | Source


Many, though not all, of Lewis' works are featured in the videos below.

Fair warning, some of the images presented contain partial nudity. If you are sharing this hub with younger readers be aware of this fact. Also, searching images painted by Lewis may expose the viewer and anyone with them to images that younger viewers may find confusing.

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    LiamBean 5 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Good to know Tim. I'm more a Juxtapoz reader myself, but now I'll have to track down that issue. Thanks for reading.

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    Tim 5 years ago

    He was featured in July issue of Hi-Fructose...10 page spread. Amazing work. Nice Hub.

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    LiamBean 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    judy: There's at least a two page writeup on him too. Thanks for the tip Judy!

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    judy 6 years ago

    kris lewis' painting is on the cover of the may 2011 magazine for american art collector!

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    LiamBean 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Thanks for reading SilverGenes. That was the whole point of publishing this, to introduce the artist to a wider audience.

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    SilverGenes 6 years ago

    This is wonderful! I didn't know anything about this artist before but his work is amazing. Thank you for introducing me!

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    LiamBean 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Thanks for reading MT!!! There's not much on him I'm afraid. Most of what I have here is from interviews and they are sparse too. I like his work so I'll keep looking.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    This is an excellent hub on Lewis. I would love you to do more on him. I love his art and the personal experiences in his works. UP AWESOME BEAUTIFUL

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