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Samuel Fleming Lewis

United States

Drawing, Oil Stick on Canvas

Size: 15 W x 30 H x 1.5 D in

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I have a small African figurine that I’ve been drawing in different ways for decades. I’ve been told that she’s a fertility figure. She’s very finely detailed and carved. This time I wanted to try drawing her as a blind contour. Three attempts didn’t capture her beauty so I stopped trying to draw her but I kept the drawings. Each had something special or not so good. I decided to try to use all three to make one good piece of art. I layered the three drawings on top of each other and began to cut out the lines to expose the drawings below. They became the three sisters for life. There’s a childlike simplicity to creating blind contour drawings. There’s a visual connection to the image that you are seeing. CT not looking at the drawing and drawing in one continuous line your arm and hand interprets what your mind is seeing. The process creates something simple, pure and uncomplicated usually in a way that’s completely unexpected. Acceptance of the non intended drawing as something I’ve created is the hard choice I have to make. I usually say yes and use all of the quirky drawings that I create. When I’m in the moment of blindly making lines I feel completely free and open to anything. If I looked at an image and looked at the drawing I could never free my mind to draw anything so spontaneously.

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Drawing:Oil Stick on Canvas

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Size:15 W x 30 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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