Nathan Lewis is a California-born painter and artist who received his MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lewis’s work brings to light common mythologies replicated in reality. Known for its allegorical references, his work takes on the form and subjects of complex literary narratives and historical influences. Lewis’s first exhibitions at the Alvarez Gallery served as a survey of his work throughout the last decade. His latest exhibition however, consists mostly of pieces created in the last few years, not yet exhibited. Much of the work featured in Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction, has ties to Greek and Roman mythology. This root largely informs Orpheus Mirrored, Pantheon, Facing Phoebus, and Kouros, which draw upon historical, cultural and mythological references. Also layered within the works, are connections to Shakespeare, religious texts, and post-apocalyptic literature. Ideas Dressed in Light for example, was influenced by Mary Magdalene. Lewis received a research grant to study the Isenheim Altarpiece by Grünewald in Colmar, France, and hence his painting, explores Mary Magdalene as she is portrayed in the aforementioned historical work.

Among the large format oil works presented in Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction is Lewis’s latest series: a collection resembling his more allegorical work and using drones as a common motif. In The Trees Become Her, Ophelia is in the water—an image etched into our collective psyche—but, through further exploration, can be seen beside a small mechanical contraption’s reflection. This drone hovers, frozen, casting its last gaze on Ophelia’s demise. This, like other aspects of the series, explore the relationship between perspective and technology: technological “advances” can at once intimate and distance us from the subjects we explore.

A second series in Mythologies, Fragments, Fiction presents factory paintings. In these works, Lewis explores drawing and printmaking. His process was informed by centuries-old Japanese techniques and the results took five years to execute.Lewis’ work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and universities. His work is in private collections in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Germany, Russia, and India. His paintings have been on the cover of numerous books and journals, and his work was included in films shown at the Cannes and Sundance Film festivals.

Lewis’ work has, among others, been published and reviewed by the New York Times, the New York Press, International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art in New England, Big Red and Shiny, and the Boston Globe. Lewis has received multiple grants, including one from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts and a URCG grant to research painting in Belgium and France. He has been the recipient of multiple residencies and has given artists talks at institutions on both coasts of the US. Lewis is currently a tenured Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.