Louis St. Lewis

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Biography:

Louis St.Lewis is a compelling artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who, has gained considerable exposure and recognition for a wide range of creative endeavors including painting, sculpture and collage.  He is also known for reliefs and assemblage works which rely on actual dimensional objects for their symbolic support.  St. Lewis is one of a number of artists working today with a fascination for the past.  His  work generally plays off classic Greek and Roman themes, or early 19th century images which he subverts and updates to address a range of contemporary issues.. His style is an eclectic mix of expressionism and pop, figuration and abstraction, narrative and decoration.- combining fragments of diverse source material-which when removed from their original context and placed within his work - take on new, often symbolic meaning.

Andy Warhol commented that Louis’s work was “like Hieronymus Bosch meets MTV!”

With over 30 national and international solo exhibitions to his credit, Louis’s creations are in the collections of such notables as HRH The Prince of Kuwait, Christian LaCroix, André Leon Talley and Oprah Winfrey. His artwork is also found in numerous museum collections, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Morris Museum and the Masur Museum. In 2012, Louis teamed up with Sean Yseult, artist and female bass player of White Zombie fame, for a collaborative show, “Pretty Babies,” at New Orleans’ Canary Gallery.

Statement:

Quotes:

"St.Lewis' spirituality is a union of faith and science anchored in sensory 
experience.And for all of his technological, semiotic and esthetic talents, 
his greatest weapon is ecstacy itself" ............Robert Indiana

"Louis St.Lewis is a man of great original style! He is artistic sable in a world filled with rabbit". .................Andre Leon Talley

" Louis St.Lewis sets a very high standard for experimental artists in North Carolina. His assemblage are the strongest I have seen anywhere in decades"..................Judy Chicago

" Louis St.Lewis is the consumate showman. Those who think that art, 
buisiness and showmanship cannot go hand in hand should take a few 
lessons. He is a student of the marketplace and of art history and he has a body of work that is staggering"

Blue Greenberg, Durham 
Morning Herald

( St.Lewis')" Assemblages are part Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois " 
personages" and Marisol, with a healthy dose of African Nkisi 
references thrown is"

Michelle Natale, The News & 
Observer

" One of the most talented artists to arise from that moss-covered Gothic chrysalis called the South." .......Anne Heller, ARTPAPERS

" St.Lewis is lush, enigmatic and self referencing through suggestion 
displaying art and life intertwined" Tom Jones, Danville Museum of Art

" He is a true media child, It's very interesting to me to see the whole 
Orwellian-Barburian-Warholian phrophesy come true in the person of 
Louis St.Lewis"

Kate Dobbs Ariail, The Charleston Post and Courier

" I like his uncanny mixture of pop culture and high art, of the mythic and the personal, of engagement with the erotic, and a certain nonchalant approachto it all, very much in keeping with the attitude of the post-modern." ....Max Halperen, Spectator Magazine

"As a conceptual artist, he is a total package, if people were electrical 
current, Louis St. Lewis would definately be HIGH VOLTAGE"

Mark Sloan, Halsey Gallery, College of Charlesto

"In the cultured manner of a tasteful dandy, st Lewis pushes style, teasing us rather than assaulting the viewers senses". 
Linda L. Brown ARTPAPERS

"St. Lewis recognizes that to understand the present, you must know the past. His works are a pointed reminder that myths are the stories of our quest through the ages for meaning and truth; and that mythology can provide clues to the problems and issues we face as a society today. For St. Lewis, mythology is the guidepost in his own search for answers; and while each work makes clear reference to the source from which they are drawn, the stories are rescripted to satisfy his own fantasies and interests."

-Tom W. Jones 
Director of the Museum of the Southwest

"Renowned for his glamorous style". ...Tammy Grubb, News & Observer