Art in Alternative Spaces
A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
On Display in the Curtain Call Gallery through August 5 2012
ARTIST'S RECEPTION: SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012 (4:30 - 6:00 pm)
Lewis G. Rice’s paintings have been in numerous exhibitions in the United States and, most recently, in Berlin, Germany.
Public Exhibitions in the United States are: Phantom Gallery , Chicago, Illinois; Polish Museum of Chicago; The Museum of Fine Art of Norman, Oklahoma; Stillwater Cultural Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Charlene’s Gallery Ten, Gills Rock (Door County), Wisconsin; Edgewater Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois; Harper Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; the Galleria of Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois; and Elastic Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
In addition, Lewis has exhibited in numerous art fairs, both juried and non- juried, along with other private and public showings and lectures. As well, he has taught art to both youth and adults in Illinois and Oklahoma.
Lewis is originally from Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, majoring in painting and sculpting. He also received a Masters Degree in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University. After marrying his sweetheart, Beth, who was from Illinois, they moved to Skokie, Illinois where Lewis worked in commercial design and construction. Together, Beth and Lewis had two children. Lewis lost Beth to cancer more than twenty years later. He remarried in 1999 and he and his two children added to their family Jane Ramsey and her two children. Lewis and Jane live in Chicago, Illinois with their two dogs and cat where Lewis works out of his home studio doing what he loves most – painting!
According to Lewis, “Recently, I have expanded my existing curiosity about the complex beauty of nature relating to its use of form, light, and color. I began my pursuit by photographing various types of landscaping in many different locations and in different seasons . Sunlight, or the lack of, changes the shape and color of items. Nowhere is this more obvious than in nature. The most complex subjects I simplify, but first I dissect the subject or scene and separate its many colors and shapes. I then rebuild it in a simplified form using an abstract format. I hope my pieces inspire the spectator to take time to enjoy nature with a fresh perspective. Through the language of applying paint to a surface, a new interpretation and appreciation of nature emerges.”
Walking Roxy Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 48"
Magical Forest Oil on Watercolor Paper 18" x 24"
Forest with Poppies Acrylic on Wood 24"x 24"
Lake Michigan at Storm's End Acrylic on Canvas Two 5 x 7 ft. Panels
Summer Afternoon in the Forest Acrylic on Watercolor Paper 24"x 18"
Oklahoma on the Prairie Acrylic on Canvas 49" x 49"
Fantasy Forest with Shadows Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20"
Fantasy Forest Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 24"
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