About

The majority of my work combines aspects of sculptural and painterly practices. These I use to create two dimensional pieces through the juxtaposition of materials and objects more frequently found within a museum environment, and those which would usually be found within more traditional 2D art practice. I am particularly interested in the function of painting as or within an artwork, be it 2D or 3D.

I feel that the reverence with which a symbol or item is viewed when placed within an art context is comparable to the atmosphere within a church or temple. It is this dialogue between monumentalism, idolisation, the monolithic and the hand crafted which I find intriguing. My work often revolves around the appropriation of a cultural symbol, which I approach in much the same way as an anthropologist. In a post-colonial Britain, the objects amassed in our museums and institutions seem isolated and detached from their cultural heritage. Through my work, I strive to replicate the anonymity of these items through the creation of my own- perhaps highlighting the absurdity of the authentic artefacts being here in the first place.

For more information, please contact:

lewisblakeart@gmail.com

Education:

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

Awards:

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

 

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