His work depicts young men and women oftentimes in snowy or dreary environments. The style of his subjects are sometimes compared to Mark Ryden, in that they are slightly exaggerated and in moments of slight disparity. But, differing from Ryden, Lewis’ work is more serious and dire, yet carrying that air of whimsy in a less overt, low-key manner. The above painting (Returning The Fire) is the perfect example of this realistic/not-realistic, normal/not normal dichotomy that Lewis’ plays within, depicting an innocent young woman facing two oncoming arrows.
Lewis mainly plays within the confines of portraiture, which he does effortlessly. When we encountered these at PULSE–which included the two above and first below–it was slightly shocking to find out that they were in fact painted portraits instead of photo manipulated pieces produced digitally. His work is absolutely impressive and reflects on David B. Smith’s high quality roster of artists, which also includes AJ Fosik, Gregory Euclide, and Molly Dilworth.