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COLORED WAITING ROOM II Collage

Samuel Fleming Lewis

United States

Collage, Paper on Canvas

Size: 30 W x 24 H x 1.5 D in

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About The Artwork

I purchased a cast iron “colored waiting room” placard from a San Francisco flea market. At first I thought it was a reproduction but later discovered that it was a the real thing made in Mississippi. I first used it as a rubbing to make art based on inequality. I later placed it on the wall in the newly remodeled and designed foyer of my San Francisco home. The design included Italian lighting, French modernist inspired lounge chairs, I lacquered console table, a custom book table of my own design, a large framed mirror and four hand drawn classical architectural columns. The space was every thing that I thought a “colored waiting room” should be. I recently made photocopies the placard to approach the “Jim Crow” era in a new way. Color blocks layered over the signs give a dark moment in American history an appearance of joy while the message of placards remind viewer that historically all Americans weren’t treated equally.

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Collage:Paper on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 24 H x 1.5 D in

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SAMUEL FLEMING LEWIS ARTIST STATEMENT I am an American artist best known for my abstract mixed media works on paper, collage works on canvas, and blind contour portrait drawings. The foundation of my work is collage. Incorporating my drawing or drafting methods with recycled printed materials, graphic design, and African art, I create collages. My collage pieces unite geometric shapes, abstracted forms, repetition, color, and patterns. I'm currently producing archival-quality digital monoprints by reinventing my collage, painting, and drawing works with new colors and compositions. My abstract representations of what I see or feel in my mind's eye are my blind contour portraits. I have complete freedom to create abstract portraits thanks to the drawing technique. While studying faces on images or African masks, I use graphite pencil, ink, oil-stick, or acrylic markers. I also utilize my face or body as a model by touching it while drawing. I want the handmade quality of my collages and drawings to attract the interest of viewers. As an artist, I produce vibrant graphic compositions that allow viewers to drift into the realm of artistic expression. Some of my works subtly raises awareness of prejudice, injustice, racial bias, homophobia, human rights, and other concerns while simultaneously being visually appealing.

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