Norman Lewis

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Lewis’ work is categorised as abstract expressionism, exhibiting alongside Pollock at the 1956 Venice biennale. His work is visually accessible, open to interpretation but also representative of the themes that he wants to put forward. The vibrant colours draw the eye in, but it is the movement and form that maintain interest.

The two aspects of his work that I would like to learn from would be his confidence with colour and his acceptance of the background as a valid part of the work. The repetition of the blues and pinks in the top painting create a motif that allows the viewer to read the piece and flow through the characters within the abstract narrative. The piece below is wild and fast, called “Birds in flight” the piece captures in a moment the exhilarating feeling of watching a flock of sparrows dancing across the sky, but without over complicating the image. Although, arguably, simplistic in design the pieces are engaging and complex in their use of the creative landscape.

Norman Lewis, Birds in Flight


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Jessy Plant

A Brighton born artist, now studying a Fine Art Degree at Cardiff Met Uni.

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