Web site: www.SteveLewisArt.com
Steve Lewis, who was born and raised in Dividing Creek, NJ, USA now resides in Leipzig, Germany. Lewis first moved to Leipzig in 1994 after graduating from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He was under the tutorage of Judy Scull at Bridgeton High School until he graduated in 1990 and studied oil painting with Elsie Donaghay in Cedarville as a child. Lewis returned to the US for two years and received his MFA from Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA in 1999.
Lewis recently started a new series of paintings and has exhibited them in Leipzig at the GallerieRieRiemann 24 hour exhibition, Webervogel, Linguarama, the Kirow Factory and Noch Besser Leben. He is busy searching for new venues to exhibit in Leipzig and hoping to expand into Dresden and Berlin. Additionally he is planning a series of small paintings
to exhibit in Southern New Jersey. Reconnecting to the place where he grew up is important to his work and establishing himself as an artist. The goal is to submit work to the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ; Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City NJ; and Gallery 50, Bridgeton NJ.
Lewis' new series of paintings are called meta-triptychs. He began developing this idea after reading about metamodernism and the Notes on Metamodernism by Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker. Each of these paintings include three focal points within one narrative scene. There seems to be a break or a change in the flow of a normal event; where a surprise or something unexpected takes place. As one views the depicted moment in time, one ponders what has just taken place and what will happen next. This engagement with the painting is as much the art as the painted piece. The compositions are arranged in a manner whereby the viewer feels as though they are part of the environment or could easily imagine stepping into the scene – where they become part of the narrative for that moment and begin to contemplate what to do next.