Modernist tower blocks, baroque palaces, children’s play equipment and ancient monuments are all revered in equal measure within Blake’s work. Often stripped of their original colour palettes in favour of brighter, more playful tones, architectural forms are transformed into colourful vistas which evoke places and emotions often at odds with their actual locations.
Blake’s paintings are in their creation, heavily linked to documentary photography, graphic design and anthropological investigation. The artist aims to record buildings and monuments in ways in which they may not have been seen before, regardless of their previous cultural importance. By bestowing each building with a new, garish exterior, they are placed on equal ground, simply to be enjoyed or to be scrutinised with fresh eyes.
Since late 2018, Lewis Blake’s work has focused on the Austrian city of Graz and the surrounding area. Approaching the city as a complete newcomer, a vibrant new collection of work has emerged, highlighting local landmarks and utilitarian infrastructure in equal measure.
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2010 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
2014 Shortlisted for the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award
2014 Shortlisted for the Works in Print Art Graduates Prize
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 Final Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
2013 Honey and Tar, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK
2014 Interim, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
2014 Goldsmiths Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Sept-Nov 2014 Works in Print Art Graduates Prize, Herbert Smith Freehills, London, UK
March 2016 STAFF ONLY, Site Festival, Stroud, UK
April 2017 Off The Record, Meme, Stroud UK
April 2019 UptownArt, Graz, AT
April 2021 Lewis Blake und Uta Heinecke, Weingut Kodolitsch, Leibnitz, AT
April 2022 Urban and Streetart Spring Exhibition, Bakerhouse Gallery, Graz AT
May 2022 Palais St. Georg, Graz AT
August 2022, Bullauge, Kombüse, Graz AT
September 2022, Epic! 22, Bakerhouse Gallery, Graz AT