MARTIN LEWIS, printmaker. 1883-1962
OK, so he wasn’t strictly a painter, because the majority of his work was printmaking, but he did paint too, as you will see.
I can’t remember how I stumbled on Martin Lewis’s work, but I do remember being immediately impressed by his handling of tonality. The more I looked at his work the more I was struck by the use of light over dark / dark over light, and his bold, almost industrial strength tonal compositions.
You quickly get a feeling that Lewis was really close to his human subjects, and felt a sort of matey parity with them.
A few pictures to get a sense of the man and his work. (These are not sorted by date or any other formal system!) Titles under the thumbnails.
And here to round out this crop of pictures, an almost abstract composition.
Originally it was titled Black Magic – Gashouse District
Ive put a couple of quoted bios below the fold, but this liitle detail from somewhere stuck in my mind:
He taught his friend, the great American Realist artist, Edward Hopper, to etch.