Zane Lewis

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Zane Lewis
Born 1981
Nationality  United States
Education School of Visual Arts, Atlanta College of Art
Known for Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Abstraction
Notable work

Drip Paintings 2006-2009

Untitled, (Destroyed Jesus) 2010

Mirror, Mirrors 2010

Shatter Paintings 2010-2011

Zane Lewis (born 1981, San Antonio, Texas) is an American artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2]

Lewis studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts, The Atlanta College of Art, and briefly Pratt Institute, graduating with a BFA focus in sculpture from the Atlanta College of Art, on campus and affiliated with the High Museum of Art. At the time Lewis was the youngest artist ever to exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Georgia, having been commissioned by the museum to create an installation before graduating with his degree.[3]

Lewis's early works blur conventional distinctions between painting and sculpture by presenting his work in an installation-type format. For example, Lewis developed a unique drip painting technique that allowed different paint colors to combine without mixing, and to retain a wet look.[4] These cascades of poured paint leaked from canvases and spilled onto the floor of the exhibition space. Christopher Bollen, Editor of Interview Magazine, called this method of Lewis' "making art bleed."[3] "The artist allows the gash to “bleed” brightly colored paint (which he has applied), in order to express a transient and dying glamor."[5]

The Wall Street Journal included Lewis in an article titled "The 23-Year Old Masters," along with Ryan Trecartin, Jordan Wolfson and Dash Snow[6] in a selection of ten top emerging US artists. The Whitney Museum of American Art has exhibited his work at the museum's ArtParty Auction in conjunction with Phillips de Pury and featured Lewis as a "Groundbreaker" artist in the Whitney Museum groundbreaking ceremony for the new location in lower Manhattan.[7][5]

Lewis has become an elusive figure, often absent from the public eye and distanced from the art world.[8] He’s known to avoid interviews and to have denied reputable collectors studio visits or simply allowing them to view his studio by themselves. In 2009-2012 his own website once stated that he was dead, however this was proven false.[9] Lewis marks this as a "transitional period," which certain elements of his work "had to die."

Lewis is also a distant cousin of James Dean.[3]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Artpace Gala Happenings, ARTPACE News, 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ Slenske, Michael. "Spray It Loud",, 10 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Bollen, Christopher. "Zane Lewis Makes Art Bleed", VMAN, Spring/Summer 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Biography: Zane Lewis",, July 2015.
  5. ^ a b Zane Lewis, Untitled (Mirror Study) archived at Whitney Art Party artists[dead link]
  6. ^ Crow, Kelly. "The 23-Year Old Masters", Wall Street Journal, 17 April 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
  7. ^ Davis, Peter. "Whitney Art Party 2010", VOGUE Italia, 10 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Interview with Zane Lewis", Huffington Post ARTS & CULTURE, Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Zane Lewis is temporarily dead: New York artist interview", "Examiner: Arts & Exhibits", August 10, 2009.

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