Light is the Lion: Nathan Lewis

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Light is the Lion: Nathan Lewis
Saturday, Mar 14 - Saturday, Apr 18 
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery - Stamford
Gallery Exhibitions


Light is the Lion
New Gallery Artist, Nathan Lewis, to open with Solo Exhibition

STAMFORD, CT -- The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery proudly announces its next exhibition, opening on Saturday, March 14th, featuring the gallery’s newest artist, contemporary painter Nathan Lewis.

Lewis holds an MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. His work has been published and reviewed in notable publications such as Art New England, Big Red and Shiny, 2 Coats of Paint, and the New York Times. Lewis has studied painting in both Florence, Italy and St. Petersberg, Russia. He is currently a tenured professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

In his large format, photorealist works, Lewis is interested in the intersection of virgin light and desecrated space. Decaying warehouses, fallen planks, splayed vectors of white light ignite the space and shift the focus from destruction to renewal. Like many post-Recession artists, Lewis is fascinated by the decay of modern spaces. His narrative is impacted by works like 2008’s Til We Find the Blessed Isles Where Our Friends Are Dwelling (press image attached), a wall-size piece that riffs off Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware. Lewis’s work reimagines this iconic piece, addressing modern issues of immigrant identity and a “melting-pot” value system of identity. By placing works like this in concert with his more recent series, displays the breadth of the artist’s technical ability.

Another facet of Lewis’s work is the attention he also pays to the reverse of his canvases. What many artists leave naked or treated as an afterthought, every canvas of Lewis’s contains a work within a work: he paints and hand-stencils miniature tableaus on the back of each painting (which he refers to as “logos”) with the work’s relevant information. For collectors, it is like having a private sketch, something that remains largely unseen once on display but whose existence is like a small secret waiting to be revealed.

For Lewis's work, go here.


Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
96 Bedford Street