Lewis received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in painting from
. He is best known for his collage and paintings of the urban landscape and Yale University sky. He doesn’t paint from photographs of sites. Instead, he works on location, from a sidewalk in downtown Oklahoma to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Tulsa
Where you’ve seen it:
Solo exhibitions at Living Arts, Tulsa Artists’ Coalition and M.A. Doran galleries, and the BOK arena.
His early days as a museum guard at the Phillips Collection in
, and how his painting process is similar to cooking or improvisational jazz. Washington, D.C.
Quotable:“Most of my work is based in direct observation. I don’t see the way a viewfinder of a camera sees. I’m more interested in my experience of a place than what a photograph captures of that place. I can tilt my head up and down and back and forth—it’s not just one perspective.”